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Annual Mountain Life Festival At Great Smoky Mountains National Park This Weekend

There's something about the Appalachians. Perhaps it was due to my college days in West Virginia, but the history and culture held in the mountains and hollows has always intrigued me. I felt that pull again earlier this week during a short visit to Shenandoah National Park. If you have felt it, too, you might want to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park this weekend for the annual Mountain Life Festival.
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Information Sought By Park Users, And That Provided By The National Park Service, Can Be Miles Apart

The information highway between park managers and park users can be full of curves and hills, as a recent situation at Great Smoky Mountains National Park demonstrated when it comes to what some users want in terms of information, and what parks routinely provide and even how they provide it.
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New Tribal House A Symbol Of Healing, Collaboration At Glacier Bay National Park

On the shores of Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park, the August 25 grand opening of Xunaa Shuká Hít was a powerful day filled with the brilliant sights and sounds of joyous hearts celebrating the Huna Káawu's return to homeland. Hand-carved dugout canoes, spectacular regalia, Tlingit oratory, traditional ceremonies, rhythms of drums and dances, and an air of excitement made it a day to remember.
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Fish Continue To Return To Elwha River After Dam Removal In Olympic National Park

Fisheries biologists monitoring restoration of the Elwha River and ecosystem in Olympic National Park recently confirmed that adult Chinook salmon, sockeye salmon, steelhead, and bull trout have all passed upstream through both the former Elwha and Glines Canyon dam sites to reach the upper Elwha River.
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Listening Sessions Planned To Discuss Future Of Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument

A series of listening sessions is coming up for the public to discuss their thoughts for the future of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, which was created in Maine last month after a donation of 87,500 acres was made to the federal government.
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