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UPDATED: Fort Sumter National Monument Honored With 25-Cent Piece

Fort Sumter National Monument in South Carolina has been honored in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The coin’s reverse (tails) side depicts Sgt. William Jasper returning the regimental flag to the ramparts while under attack from British ships during a battle of the American Revolution.
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Cell Phone Tower Issue At Theodore Roosevelt National Park Raises Questions Of Connectivity In National Parks

If you carry a cell phone into a national park, should you expect connectivity? Many people would answer "yes." But what if you hiked into a wilderness area, which is supposed to be free of today's human technologies?
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Fence Proposed To Keep ORVs, Target Shooters Out Of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Nearly two years after Congress created Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument near Las Vegas, portions of the unit are being damaged by off-road enthusiasts and individuals who haul TVs, furniture, and other junk into the monument for target practice. At least one death has been linked to target shooting. In an effort to prevent such incidents, the National Park Service is proposing to build a fence with hopes of protecting the park.
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Yellowstone National Park Lone Dissenter To Plan For Managing Grizzly Bears If They Are Delisted From ESA

Just one vote against a Conservation Strategy intended to see that grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem thrive after they lose Endangered Species Act protections was voiced, and that came from the superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, the core of the ecosystem and heart of grizzly bear recovery.
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Crews Moving Tons Of Sand To Stem Erosion From Ocean Beach At Golden Gate National Recreation Area

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, in cooperation with the National Park Service, is leading a short-term effort to transport excess sand via dump truck from north Ocean Beach to two erosion hot spots at south Ocean Beach. The work, performed week days from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., is expected to last through December.
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Entrance Fee-Free Days To National Parks Dropping By A Half-Dozen In 2017

The party must be over in 2017. The number of entrance fee-free days in the National Park System is dropping by 40 percent, to just 10 from the 16 you could have taken advantage of this year. Gone are the weeklong free days during National Park Week in April, and a long fee-free weekend in August to celebrate the founding of the National Park Service.
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10 New National Historic Landmarks Illustrating America's Diverse History, Culture

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis have announced the designation of 10 new national historic landmarks, including properties that honor LGBT and civil rights history. The designation recognizes the properties as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.
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