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Group Thinks NPS Uniforms, Vehicles, Play A Role In Lack Of Diversity In National Parks

A group seeking to increase diversity of visitors in national parks is suggesting, among other things, that the National Park Service change the look of its uniforms and vehicles because they project a law enforcement image, "which presents a significant impediment to engaging all Americans."
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Birding In The National Parks: Plan Now To Attend Hawai'i Island Birding Festival

I usually quit dreaming of tropical birding trips once May arrives. The onslaught of warblers, tanagers, and flycatchers makes my regular haunts on the Great Lakes the envy of the birders who actually are in the tropics. Still, when I hear the words Hawai’i, birds, and festival in one sentence, I stop to listen.
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Oil Refinery CEO: Once Opponents Learn More, They'll Be "A Little Bit More Relaxed"

Meridian Energy Group, Inc., hopes to take a step closer Tuesday to building an oil refinery just three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota when Billings County officials consider the company's application to build on land currently zoned for agriculture, not industry.
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Historical Maritime Education And Preservation Projects Get $2.6 Million In Grants

An educational program providing California students an overnight stay aboard the Spirit of Dana Point, a plan to rehabilitate four offshore lighthouses in Michigan, and refinishing of the steel superstructure of the ship John W. Brown in Maryland are among the 34 projects supported by this year’s Maritime Heritage Program grants.
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Stay In Touch With The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

All those who love the Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, should stay in touch with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. This dynamic nonprofit organization works to fill in the gaps that the National Park Service lacks the money to close along the scenic road.
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