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Yellowstone's Canyon Re-Do Nearly Done

One of Yellowstone National Park's most ambitious construction projects is nearing completion. Canyon Lodge, largest of the park's nine lodging facilities, has undergone a facelift of major portions. Five large modern lodge buildings, each with approximately 80 guest rooms, will replace all of the 350 Frontier and Pioneer cabins that have been removed.
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365 Pounds Of Anacostia Park Goose Breast Going To Afterschool Lunch Program

The National Park Service and District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment have donated the breast meat from 365 resident Canada geese to DC Central Kitchen. The meat will be used in the healthy meals DC Central Kitchen prepares daily for multiple nonprofit partners, including homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics and afterschool programs. The geese were captured and euthanized from Anacostia Park earlier this summer as part of the park’s wetland management efforts.
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Dome Of Thomas Jefferson Memorial Not As Gleaming As It Once Was

The dome of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is one of the iconic landmarks on the Washington, D.C., skyline. In recent years, however, the gleaming white rotunda has become increasingly darkened, but not by dirt or mold, as the casual eye might suspect. The culprit is a colony of microscopic organisms, called biofilm, which adheres to stone surfaces and is proving a challenge as the National Park Service investigates how to treat it.
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NPS: Systematic Failures Led To Desecrations At Effigy Mounds National Monument

A breakdown in the system, from the management team in place at Effigy Mounds National Monument to the National Park Service's Midwest Regional Office, led to a decade of mismanagement and desecration of Native American sites the monument was created to protect, stated a Park Service report analyzing the long-running incidents that was released Thursday.
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History And Hikes Part Of Homestead Open House In Dinosaur National Monument

More than a century ago, a woman named Josie Bassett Morris found a spot along Cub Creek in eastern Utah and made it her home, living off the land and running a ranch with no electricity, plumbing, or neighbors for more than 50 years. Now, that land is in Dinosaur National Monument, and the park will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the pioneer’s historic homestead.
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Alaska's Predator Control Efforts Kill National Park Service Predator-Prey Study

During the past decade, Alaska Department of Fish and Game has sponsored a predator control program that has killed at least 90 wolves that had home ranges within Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, according to a report that says the National Park Service was forced to end a more than 20-year research project on predator-prey relationships due to those losses.
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