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Economic Study Places $92 Billion Value On National Park System

America's National Park System, you could say, is priceless. But if that's a bit too open-ended for you, an economic study released by the National Park Foundation puts a firmer, though still conservative, dollar amount on the national parks' value: $92 billion. To put it another way, the park system is comparable in value to 92 B-2 Spirit bombers, or 34 Virginia class nuclear submarines.
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National Park Service Releases Apps For New York Metropolitan Parks

Visitors to New York City and Sandy Hook, New Jersey can now download and use three free apps to visit national parks, with 23 different locations, throughout New York Harbor. Locations include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, African Burial Ground, Federal Hall and Governors Island.
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Flood Recovery Continuing At National Park Units In West Virginia

National Park Service Superintendent Trish Kicklighter says that as crews continue to assess flood impacts to campgrounds, parking lots, boat launches, beaches, roads, and trails at New River Gorge National River, Bluestone National Scenic River, and Gauley River National Recreation Area, a few additional closures have been added to the West Virginia sites.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Extends Comment Period For Camping Fee Increases

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will continue accepting comments through July 12 on a proposal to increase fees at frontcountry campgrounds and picnic pavilions along with proposed changes to the management of three campgrounds by adding them to the national reservation system through Recreation.gov. The proposal, titled “Recreational Fee Proposal Information Document,” has been available for public review since May 26. The comment process has been amended to allow anonymous comments.
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Boating Industry Aims To Block Marine Reserve At Biscayne National Park

A congressional effort has been launched to block a plan by Biscayne National Park officials to set aside 6 percent of the park for a marine reserve in a bid to restore and protect a stretch of the only tropical coral reef system in the continental United States, and the boating and fishing industry has quickly jumped on board in support of the legislation.
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Four-Year Rehabilitation Of Grand Canyon Of Yellowstone Overlooks, Trails Underway In Yellowstone National Park

A four-year-long, multi-million-dollar project to repair and improve overlooks, trails, and parking lots along the rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park has gotten underway thanks to the help of the Yellowstone Park Foundation.
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