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Centennial Series | National Park System Expansion: Confronting A Second Century Challenge

The National Park Service Centennial in 2016 presents an important opportunity to reflect on the system’s enormous growth and change since its inception. From a mere handful of national parks scattered across the West in 1916, the system now exceeds 410 units stretching across all 50 states and covering roughly 84 million acres.
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National Park Service Director Impressed With Maine North Woods, National Park Proponents Hopeful

It was mere happenstance, two events more than 2,000 miles apart, but the irony was inescapable: At a time when the Western United States is losing a "football field worth of natural area" to development every 2.5 minutes, an opportunity to set aside nearly 100,000 acres in the Northeast as part of the National Park System was deemed within reach.
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National Postal Museum To Open Exhibition Celebrating Centennial Of National Park Service

Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks opening June 9 at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum in Washingont, D.C., celebrates the centennial of America's national parks. The exhibition, open through March 25, 2018, chronicles the intersections between the mail and the parks.
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Court Records: Canadian Man Cited For Picking Up Yellowstone Bison Calf

A Canadian man cited by Yellowstone National Park rangers for transporting a bison calf to the Buffalo Ranch in the park was worried it would end up as "road kill" if he did nothing, according to the investigating ranger. In the end the calf wound up dead just the same, as its mother abandoned it and it "was continually approaching visitors and vehicles" and so rangers put it down.
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National Parks Traveler's Essential Park Guide