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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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Public Comments Favor Removing Enchanted Valley Chalet From Olympic National Park's Backcountry

"Wilderness ethics" received far more support than emotional ties in public comments on what to do with the Enchanted Valley Chalet that stands in designated wilderness in Olympic National Park, with most people calling on the National Park Service to remove the historic structure.
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Fire Conditions Merit Bans, Restrictions In Shenandoah And Great Smoky Mountains National Parks

With wildfires burning in many places of the Southeast, and extremely warm and dry conditions in the forests, Great Smoky Mountains National Park has banned all campfires and use of fire grills in the park, while to the north in Shenandoah National Park fire restrictions have been put in place in the South District.
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Archaeology Report Released On Parker’s Revenge Battle From The Opening Day Of The American Revolution

Nearly 250 years after the American Revolution, an archaeology report provides new details on one of the first battles between the Colonials and British Regulars near Lexington, Massachusetts. Along with describing battle tactics likely used by both sides, the researchers presented artifacts recovered from the battlegrounds, including musket balls fired by both sides.
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Bridge And Boardwalk To Span Brooks River At Katmai National Park Gets Park Service Approval

A plan to spend more than $5 million on a bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska that drew criticism will move forward, as the National Park Service has issued a contract to an Anchorage construction company to build the structure.
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Solar Panel Seen As Sustainable Power Solution For Great Smoky Mountains National Park Communications

Sunshine is being viewed as a powerful solution for keeping communications online in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where officials are considering the use of solar panels to generate electricity for communications equipment atop Mount Sterling in North Carolina.
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Zion National Park Shuttle Buses To Run During Long Thanksgiving Weekend, And Other Weekends Through November

Steady visitation has led to a decision at Zion National Park in Utah to keep the park's mandatory shuttle buses running on weekends through November 20 and also on November 24, 25 and 26. Both the Springdale Shuttle and Zion Canyon Shuttle lines will be operational to help with the Thanksgiving holiday traffic. All shuttle bus operations will end for the 2016 season on the evening of Saturday, November 26, park officials said.
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