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Chief Ranger Busted For Maligning Former Canaveral National Seashore Employee

When the National Park Service wanted to expand its social media impact, this is not what it had in mind: A chief ranger at Canaveral National Seashore used his Facebook account to malign a former park employee, according to the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General.
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Another Winter Storm, Another Lost Staircase At Cape Cod National Seashore

Another winter storm, another damaged staircase that leads you down to Nauset Light Beach at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts. If you're keeping track, this is the fourth year in a row that the stairs were destroyed by a winter storm, according to Superintendent George Price.
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As The Trademark Turns: Delaware North Amends Yosemite Lawsuit

When last we left the trademark tussle at Yosemite National Park, the federal government had responded to Delaware North Co.'s claim for more than $10 million for not being compensated for trademarks it holds to names of iconic lodges in the park and other intangible property. Now Delaware North has fired back with an amended claim, alleging that the National Park Service low-balled the value of its property at Yosemite and changed the lodge names in a bid to "drive down the value" of its trademarks.
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National Mall And Memorial Parks Digging Out From Historic Snowstorm

As the National Mall digs out from last week's historic snowstorm, National Park Service crews are moving 8.25 million cubic feet of snow from the memorials, roads, parking lots and sidewalks, which is enough to fill the Washington Monument 18.4 times. And the weight of that snow is 1.6 times heavier than the entire Lincoln Memorial.
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Birding In The National Parks: Working To Build Whooper Populations

It’s a safe bet that not too many travelers reading this post have visited Canada’s Wood Buffalo National Park. It’s Canada’s largest park and one of the largest national parks in the world at nearly five times the area of Yellowstone, but to say it’s a thirty-hour drive northeast of Seattle is an understatement of its remoteness.
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Bar Harbor Man Becomes Acadia National Park's First Poet Laureate

In a move that hopefully will be duplicated across the National Park System, a poet laureate has been named for Acadia National Park. The appointment, possibly the first in the National Park System, is not only a great way to mark Acadia's centennial this year, but a perfect fit for a national park, where the scenery pulls at the hearts of so many and is a source of inspiration.
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Traveler's View: Utah Public Lands Initiative Defines Political Chasm Over "Conservation"

In taking three years to craft their blueprint for how public lands should be managed across a large portion of Utah, U.S. Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz have produced a smoke-and-mirrors view of conservation, one that uses the right language but disguises their true goals in obfuscation and fine print.
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Photography In The National Parks: Of Dark Skies And Starry Nights In Big Bend National Park

The vast, clear sky at Big Bend National Park is the perfect setting for stargazing, star photography, and the Dark Sky Dinner hosted by the Big Bend Conservancy. Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson was lucky enough to have a seat at the dinner table, returning with a report of the dinner as well as some tips for your own national park dark sky photography.
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