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Huge Increase In Tour Bus Traffic At Yellowstone National Park

They're ponderous, pavement clogging, and capable of disgorging more than 50 visitors at a time; leg-stretching, camera-toting pedestrians who often will swarm en masse onto the boardwalks ringing Yellowstone National Park's geyser basins. And in 2016, those commercial tour buses would have stretched roughly 108 miles if you had parked them end-to-end-to-end.
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Design Contest Underway For The 2017 Brooks Camp Bear Pins

Katmai National Park rangers at Brooks Camp routinely issue pins to arriving visitors upon their completion of “bear school,” a required safety orientation. This year, members of the local community are invited to enter their designs in a public competition for the 2017 pin—a first in the history of the 20+ year old Brooks Bear Etiquette Program.
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Rep. Grijalva Wants Interior Secretary To Testify On Trump Budget

How will Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spread a 12 percent budget cut, if directed so by Congress, across his department and its agencies, including the National Park Service? That's a question U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva wants an answer to "as soon as possible," and he's made that point in a letter asking House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop to call the secretary before the full committee.
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David Rockefeller, Benefactor Of Acadia National Park, Passes At 101

David Rockefeller, who continued his family's long-running love affair with national parks, died the other day at 101. The last surviving grandchild of oil baron John D. Rockefeller, Mr. Rockefeller had a particular keenness for Acadia National Park, which his father, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., helped established in 1916.
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Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Celebrates 20 Years

Twenty years ago, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation started as a simple idea: Give the people who care deeply for the Blue Ridge Parkway the power to protect and guide its future. Whether they cherished the trails, overlooks, ties to mountain history and culture, wildlife, or just the drive itself, they were invited to support the historic scenic route.
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Devils Tower Climbing Routes Temporarily Close To Protect Nesting Falcons

Climbing routes on the northeast face of Devils Tower at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming have been temporarily closed to protect nesting peregrine and prairie falcons. The closure is implemented to provide the falcons with an undisturbed nesting location during this critical courtship and nest-selection period, and is an annual occurrence at Devils Tower.
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