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Interior Secretary Attends Global Climate Change Conference, Uses National Parks To Illustrate Concerns

Examples of how climate change is impacting the National Park System from Everglades National Park in Florida to Bering Land Bridge National Preserve in Alaska were cited by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell this week to illustrate to a global audience the threats climate change poses.

Victorian Christmas Celebration To Be Held At Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

A Victorian Christmas Celebration will be held this Saturday at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in New Jersey from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Millbrook Village buildings decorated in mid- to late-19th century style and open for tours and demonstrations.

Public Comment Sought On Grand Canyon National Park's Draft Backcountry Management Plan

Rim-to-rim runners and hikers, river runners, and climbers all are exerting pressures and creating impacts on Grand Canyon National Park's backcountry. How to manage those activities while preserving the basic character of the more than 1.1 million acres of backcountry terrain is the goal of the park's draft Backcountry Management Plan, which is now open for public review and comment.

Another Bill Being Considered To Boost National Park Service

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop has drafted legislation intended to help provide the National Park Service with additional funds to tackle needed projects across the National Park System and also bolster interpretation and education in the parks. No federal appropriations are called for; rather, public donations would be needed.
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Packrafting Association Lobbies For Access To Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks

In a rebuttal to National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis' contention that packrafting shouldn't be allowed to more waters than presently allowed in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, the American Packrafting Association is challenging his arguments in a letter of its own to U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop.
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Paddle The West With National Parks Traveler In 2016

The Colorado and Green rivers. Jackson Lake beneath the Tetons. These bodies of water offer some of the best paddling experiences, in some of the greatest settings in the National Park System, and you can experience them in 2016 with your fellow park travelers during a trip with National Parks Traveler. What better way to mark the centennial of the National Park Service?

Exploring Cataract Canyon In Canyonlands National Park Via Raft

The Colorado River flows the length of Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah, but the highlight seems to be Cataract Canyon if you listen to paddlers. While some outfitters negotiate a roughly 100-mile stretch of the Colorado River from near Moab to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in a day or two, and others in six days, the main attraction is Cataract Canyon with its bucking white water.

59 Illustrated National Parks: Celebrating 100 Years Of Wilderness And Wonder

Whether captured in words, photographs, or illustrations, national parks are wondrous places, vibrant and breathtaking in their scenery and history. To drive that point home, Joel Anderson and his son, Nathan, of the Anderson Design Group have just released a book that displays the 59 "national parks" in unique posters.

19th Century Christmas Celebration Planned For Chatham At Fredericksburg And Spotsylvania National Military Park

Even during the Civil War troops marked the Christmas holidays. Some insights of those celebrations will be offered at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in Virginia when "Christmas at Chatham" is marked on December 20.

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