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20 Years On, Yellowstone National Park's Experiment With Wolves Continues To Evolve

“…A country without wolves isn’t really good country, it's incomplete - it doesn’t have its full spirit,” said Yellowstone National Park biologist Doug Smith during an interview last year with NPR’s Snap Judgement, about wolves, specifically about the life and death of a famous Yellowstone wolf, 832F, or 06.
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Smoke From Fire Impacts Major Art Collection At Independence National Historical Park

Anyone who has worked in an emergency response job knows that false alarms from fire and security systems are a fact of life, but on Tuesday morning last week, a smoke alarm from a building at Independence National Historical Park proved to be the real deal. Prompt response by firefighters prevented major damage to the historic Second Bank building, but an important collection of artwork received serious smoke impacts.
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Op-Ed| The National Park Service Could Learn A Few Things From Its African Colleagues

America’s National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016. During the upcoming year, it’s expected the NPS will seek public comment on how best to ensure the park system and Service reach their bicentennial. The agency should look to Africa for guidance.
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Comment Period Open For Coral Bay Development Near Virgin Islands National Park

Public comment is being taken by the Army Corps of Engineers on a proposed marina on Coral Bay in the Virgin Islands that could impact Virgin Islands National Park. If the marina is built, according to opponents, it would become one of the largest in the Caribbean and located in "one of the most environmentally sensitive areas of St John."
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Winter Hasn't Been Cold At Kenai Fjords National Park And Preserve In Alaska

Things are warming up in Alaska, and that's not a good thing. At Kenai Fjords National Park, the average monthly temperature in December was nearly 6 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, the same departure noticed in November. Just one day in December saw temperatures dip below freezing, as measured at the Seward airport.
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Desert Lands In Three California Parks Being Protected Through Partnership Efforts

Many national parks include inholdings, privately-owned property which poses a potential threat for development that would be detrimental to surrounding park lands. Unfortunately, Congress often fails to appropriate funds in a timely fashion to purchase these inholdings, even if an owner wants to sell to the NPS. In the case of three California desert parks, a non-profit partner is helping to fill this gap.
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Study: Loss Of Colorado River Would Cripple Economies Of Seven States, From Wyoming To California

The prospect of the Colorado River running dry anytime soon is hard to fathom. But if it ever does, it will have a devastating effect on the economies of the seven states that rely on the river's life-giving waters, according to a study prepared by Arizona State University.
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Looking Back At The Rim Fire In Yosemite National Park (Video)

The 2013 Rim Fire was the largest forest fire in California history, and the largest fire in Yosemite history. Burning 400 square miles, the speed and size of the fire was unprecedented. As these unnaturally large fires become more commonplace due to previous fire suppression and climate change, Yosemite National Park is seeing the benefits of carefully allowing smaller, controlled fires on the landscape.
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Permission Sought To Buttress Highway 12 From Ocean At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Time and again through the years storms have pushed the Atlantic Ocean up and over North Carolina 12 that runs the length of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, events that leave residents and visitors alike cut off from the mainland. Now, in an attempt to better protect the highway, North Carolina officials want to build up the beach along a section of the highway just north of Buxton.
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Birding In The National Parks: Which Parks Do You Need To Hit?

I’ve managed to get around North America quite a bit during my five years as a serious birder. At least it seems like I have. When I plot a map of every checklist I’ve ever entered at eBird, it looks like I’m neglected large swaths of the continent. What’s with the interior plains? The west coast south of Olympic National Park? Alaska isn’t even on the map because there were no pins there, so I cropped it out.
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$1 Million In Grant Funding Available To Celebrate The Arts And National Parks

“Art is the child of Nature,” said American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. A new grant initiative created in partnership by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service celebrates the intersections between the two in honor of the NEA’s 50th anniversary in 2015 and the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016.
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National Park Service Places $3.5 Million Value On Intellectual Property At Yosemite National Park

National Park Service officials have placed a $3.5 million value on the intellectual property rights attached to names of lodges in Yosemite National Park, a fraction of the $51 million valuation claimed by Delaware North Co.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Changes Firewood Rules To Protect Forests

In a further step to help protect the forests of Great Smoky Mountains National Park from non-native insect pests, park officials beginning in March will only allow heat-treated firewood that has been certified by the USDA or a state agriculture department, and dead and down wood collected from the park's forests, to be used in campgrounds.
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National Park Service Will Review Trademark Applications Filed In Connection With Grand Canyon Businesses

Efforts by Xanterra Parks & Resorts to trademark the names of commercial businesses on the South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona will be examined by the National Park Service once their applications are published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for review.
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National Park Service, Unable To Complete Concessions Contracts On Time, Moves To Extend Dozens Across Park System

Hammering out concessions contracts across the National Park System is not an easy, or quick, job. Failure to reach new contracts before existing ones expired at the end of 2014 prompted the National Park Service to propose extended dozens of contracts for up to a year to keep visitor services operating without interruption.
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Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Adds A Missing Link To The National Park System

A window into the last Ice Age in the present-day desert outside of Las Vegas brings a missing link into the National Park System along with a small, but enticing, possibility that fossilized human remains are buried next to those of ancient bison, camels, and even lions.
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Public Meeting Set To Discuss Entrance Fee Increases Proposed For Zion, Bryce Canyon, And Cedar Breaks

With timing running out to comment on proposed increases in entrance fees at Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks, as well as Cedar Breaks National Monument, all in Utah, the National Park Service has scheduled an open house to discuss the proposals with the public. Park superintendents and staff from all three park areas will be in attendance.
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Ranger-Led Snowshoe Hikes Coming To Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is offering winter snowshoe walks every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. beginning Saturday, January 10, Winter Trails Day. This day is celebrated throughout the country as an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and discover the fitness and social benefits of outdoor activities. The snowshoe walks will continue through Sunday, March 22.
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