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The Kolob Tragedy: The Lost Tale Of A Canyoneering Calamity

As wondrous as the National Park System is, it holds wild and rugged settings that, frankly, can kill you if you're not prepared. That point is clearly driven home in The Kolob Tragedy: The Lost Tale Of A Canyoneering Calamity, which recounts the missteps of a fatal trip through the backcountry of Zion National Park in Utah.
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Park Renews Partnership With Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

On February 3, Fire Island National Seashore Superintendent Chris Soller and Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society President Bob LaRosa signed a new five-year partnership agreement. The agreement renews the Society's commitment to work collaboratively with the National Park Service to provide public programming and assist with preservation efforts at the lighthouse.
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National Park Service Completes Planning For Rehabbing Arlington Memorial Bridge, Needs $100 Million+ To Do The Work

Planning for rehabilitation of the crumbling Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., has been completed by the National Park Service, though the agency is far short of the $250 million estimated to pay for the work.
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Public Input Sought On Developing Plan For Wildlife Mitigation At Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is developing an environmental assessment to address wildlife hazard mitigation and greater sage-grouse habitat restoration in and around the Jackson Hole Airport in the park. Public comments regarding the document are encouraged and requested by March 8.
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Ten Important African American Sites You Might Not Know

From the bustling streets of Manhattan to the quiet wilderness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the National Park Service preserves many pivotal, but lesser known, sites related to the African American experience. These places are among the dozens of national parks that convey stories of soldiers, educators, musicians, entrepreneurs, and freed slaves who blazed trails for all to follow.
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Good Books For Visiting...Grand Canyon 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 Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
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BLM Extends Comment Period For Proposed Oil And Gas Leases Near Zion National Park

Public comments on a proposal for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to put up for auction oil and gas leases near Zion National Park will be accepted for an additional month, through March 9, at the request of the National Park Service and other interested parties.
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Utah Position On National Monuments Could Carry Dire Economic Impact To State

How many states will enter the bidding war for an outdoor industry convention that brings in an estimated $40-$45 million a year in economic impacts? And will Utah politicians, who have angered the industry with its anti-public lands positions, change their tone to protect that impact generated by the twice-yearly Outdoor Retailer Show that fills hotels and restaurants from Salt Lake City and the rest of the Wasatch Front up to Park City?
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Railroad Given Permission To Use Explosives To Clear Glacier National Park Avalanche Chutes

Heavy winter snows have dangerously loaded the southern flanks of Glacier National Park, prompting the National Park Service to permit BNSF Railway to use explosives in the park to systematically trigger avalanches and reduce the risk that a slide would hit a passing freight or passenger train.
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Art Exhibit Depicts "Friends And Foes" In Biscayne National Park's Ecosystem

Tropical Botanic Artists, a collective of South Florida botanical illustrators, created an exhibit highlighting some of the many interactions between species in Biscayne National Park. Encounters: Friend or Foe? will be on display in the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center gallery from March 10 through May 14, 2017. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and a full moonrise reception featuring a talk by the artists will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. Admission to the show and the reception is free.
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Watch As Scientists Work On Mammoth Skull Found At Channel Islands National Park

This month, scientists plan to begin their research and preservation of the mammoth skull that was excavated in September on Santa Rosa Island within Channel Islands National Park. They will remove the protective plaster cast and unveil this very well-preserved mammoth skull on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
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Congressmen Wants To Restrict National Park Service Oversight Of Oil And Gas Development In Parks

An Arizona congressman trying to block the National Park Service's authority to regulate oil and gas drilling operations in the National Park System says the agency's regulations would be "job-killing," and that "extremist groups" are maligning his intentions.
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Acadia National Park Centennial Time Capsule Set For The Next Century

The mood was celebratory when members of the Acadia Centennial Task Force, Acadia National Park officials, staff and board members of Friends of Acadia, and staff of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust gathered to dedicate a time capsule intended to be opened in conjunction with Acadia’s bicentennial year in 2116.
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