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Outdoor Retailer Show Will Leave Utah Over Stance On Public Lands

After hearing “more of the same” from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, leaders in the outdoors and recreation industry decided Thursday to move their twice-yearly convention, Outdoor Retailer, out of Salt Lake City “as soon as possible,” severing a 20-year relationship that generates about $45 million annually to the metropolitan area.
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Pump Houses At Indian Garden, Phantom Ranch To Be Rehabbed At Grand Canyon National Park

National Park Service crews are going to be rehabilitating the pump houses at Indian Garden and the Black Bridge near Phantom Ranch in Grand Canyon National Park. Completion of both projects is anticipated in mid-April. These projects may temporarily disrupt backcountry users.
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Lewd Behavior Prompts Closure Of Camping Area In Gulf Islands National Seashore

In response to numerous complaints about public nudity and indecent behavior that has damaged natural resources, Gulf Islands National Seashore has suspended primitive camping at the Perdido Key Area in Florida while the park develops a plan to address these concerns.
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Good Books For Visiting...Yosemite National Park

There's nothing like a good book or two to help you prepare for a national park visit, whether you're looking for some historical background, a trail or two to hike, or interested in the natural resources or local culture. With that in mind, here are a few titles you might consider in preparation of a visit to Yosemite National Park in California.
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Outdoor Industry Mulling Options For Utah Politicians' Public Lands Stance

Some are out, some are in. That's the current status of industry turnout for this summer's Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, where industry chiefs are debating how best to respond to Utah politicians who want the Trump administration to remove the national monument designation from the Bears Ears landscape in the state's southeastern corner.
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Photography In The National Parks: Snowshoes, Cameras, And Winter In Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is an amazing place to capture incredible photographs during spring, summer and autumn, but have you thought about traveling there in the winter? Sure, the temperatures can sink below freezing and there might be more than a little snow on the road, but the photographic rewards are well worth the effort. Rebecca Latson took a short, January trip to this national park and returned with helpful advice to encourage you to make your own sojourn out to this mountainous winter wonderland.
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North Cascades National Park To Test Backcountry Permit Reservations Program

Officials at North Cascades National Park in Washington state will begin testing a backcountry permit reservations program in mid-March for popular areas in the park. The pilot program, to start March 15, stems from an increase in backcountry travelers over the past several years that has made permits difficult to obtain in certain areas of the park.
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Study: $389 Million Of Park Service Backlog Is Responsibility Of Concessionaires

The $11.9 billion maintenance backlog cited by the National Park Service inflates the true cost of high-priority infrastructure needs and elevates the risk for privatization and corporate giveaways in America’s parks, according to a report by an independent, nonpartisan policy institute.
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