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Elwha River Restoration At Olympic National Park Offers Scientists Front-Row Seat To Nature At Work

While cranes and other heavy equipment were the most visible tools used to dismantle dams holding back Olympic National Park's Elwha River, nature itself has proved to be a mighty force in aiding the restoration of the rivershed from mountains to ocean.
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Is Anybody Alive Out There?!? A Private Float Through Grand Canyon National Park

"Is anybody alive out there?!?" If you’ve had the good fortune to attend a Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band concert, you know the feeling when you shout out your answer. Want to experience that for two to three weeks every day on the water? Join in on a Colorado River float trip through the Grand Canyon.
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Official Numbers Point To 2014 As Record-Setting Year For National Park Attendance

2014 was a record-setting year for attendance in the National Park System, where nearly 293 million visitors spent time, a jump of more than 5 million from the record year of 1999, according to official figures. While most of the "name brand" parks were packed, there were still some sites in the system where you could find some solitude.
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Congresswoman Takes Another Shot At Opening Up Paddling Opportunities In Grand Teton, Yellowstone National Parks

Legislation to open up paddling opportunities in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks has been reintroduced by a Wyoming congresswoman, but it contains too many flaws the National Parks Conservation Association believes.
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Call For Papers: National Parks, The Next Century

What path should the National Park Service take as it enters its second century? How can the National Park Service continue to nurture landscapes, cultures, and American history without compromising the world's best collection of parks? In this unique collection of papers, National Parks Traveler will recapture Stephen Mather’s ambition of preserving “the most inspiring playgrounds and the best equipped nature schools in the world.”
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James A. Garfield National Historic Site, First Ladies National Historic Site, To Fall Under Cuyahoga Valley National Park

In a move designed to save some money, management of James A. Garfield National Historic Site and First Ladies National Historic Site is being placed under Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
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Appalachian Thru-Hikers Asked To Register To Help Manage Crowding At Trailhead

While it's nice to hike with friends, too many friends can take away from the experience and impact resources. With that in mind, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is suggesting that thru-hikers register when they're going to start off on the A.T. from Springer Mountain this spring.
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Cascade Outfitters Can Outfit Your Float, Or Paddle, Trip

If you've been paddling or floating for more than a few years, you know how often you can find yourself in need of a new piece of gear, whether it's a kitchen table, throw line, or even a spare paddle. At Cascade Outfitters, not only can they meet your needs, but they'll take 10 percent off your entire order for being a Traveler reader.
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New Prospectus For Grand Canyon National Park Concessions Denies Xanterra Parks & Resorts Trademark Claims

National Park Service officials, in trying yet again to attract a business to run concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, claim the agency owns trademarks to business names associated with popular South Rim lodges and that Xanterra Parks & Resorts should abandon its bid to secure those trademarks.
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Historic Yellowstone Novel Offers Romantic View Of Park From Bygone Era

You don’t have to go far in Yellowstone National Park to find a romantic spot that would be the perfect setting for an epic love story. From sweeping overlooks to hot springs and waterfalls to historic hotels and cabins, the park is full of beautiful places that would inspire passion in even the coldest heart.
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Sea Lion Yearling Rescued After Crossing Road In Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Why did the sea lion cross Skyline Drive in Golden Gate National Recreation Area? That's a good question with no ready answer. But the bottom line is that the male yearling, though undernourished, is doing well and being cared for at the Marine Mammal Center at the Marin Headlands of the NRA.
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Legislation Offered That Would Reroute Sections Of North Country Scenic Trail, Connect It With A.T.

Legislation introduced in Congress would, if enacted, one day allow you to walk from North Dakota to Vermont on the North Country Scenic Trail, and then hang a right and head down to Georgia on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
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Reader Participation Day: How Would You Build A "Top 10" National Parks List?

Recently, a website that will go unmentioned put together a list of "the nation's worst national parks." While that list was soundly, and justifiably, ridiculed and dismissed, it brings to mind this question: What are the nation's best national parks? If you were to compile a Top 10 list of national parks, which would you include on it?
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Birding In The National Parks: Try Your Luck At A National Historic Or Battlefield Park

It’s not difficult to see why many of our national parks offer spectacular birding. Vast expanses of protected natural areas are bound to be good spots for watching birds and other wildlife. The national seashores and lakeshores are even more inviting as birding destinations than some of the “parks.” But what about the historic sites and national battlefields?
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California Senators Introduce Legislation To Expand Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Parks, Create National Monuments

Congress, which in December passed legislation that created a number of new national park units, is now being asked to expand by 75,000 acres the Mojave National Preserve as well as Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks, while also being called upon to create two new national monuments.
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NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed

The timing no doubt was coincidence, but while Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was celebrating the country's largest solar project in California, two U.S. senators were introducing legislation to protect desert landscapes in the state.
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January Was The Warmest And Driest January On Record At Tuolumne Meadows In Yosemite National Park

Until a storm blew into California this weekend, winter weather had largely gone missing in Yosemite National Park, especially in Tuolumne Meadows. Rangers there reported that this January was the warmest and driest on record in Tuolume Meadows as measured at the weather station there.
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Saguaro National Park Offers Wilderness Exploration Day Camp For Youngsters

Saguaro National Park has a great idea for helping kids learn about—and be more comfortable in—the out-of-doors. For three days later this month, young people ages 10 to 14 can participate in a three-day "Wilderness Exploration Day Camp" at the park, and the staff has scheduled the event to coincide with a scheduled holiday in the local school's calendar.
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No Charges Yet In "Creepytings" Vandalism Case That Left Painted Images Across The National Park System

An investigation into a case of vandalism that left painted images on rock outcrops in at least eight Western national parks is continuing with charges yet to be brought in the case, National Park Service officials say.
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Big Plans On Tap At Valley Forge For George Washington's 283rd Birthday

For George Washington's 46th birthday, Martha surprised him with a public celebration at his headquarters in Valley Forge, bringing some mid-winter excitement (and cake) to the general and his troops. Following in her footsteps, Valley Forge National Historical Park has planned a weekend of programs and activities to celebrate Washington's 283rd birthday this year.
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Taking Another Look At Wildlife Buffers

Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials, three years removed from what seemed to be a settled approach to managing wildlife, off-road vehicles, and pedestrians on their beaches, are re-examining aspects of that plan as ordered by Congress, a request that must be complied with by mid-June.
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