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Second Year Of Every Kid In A Park Launched For 2016-2017

As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Obama Administration has launched the second year of the Every Kid in a Park program, which gives fourth graders and their families free access to federal lands and waters nationwide for a full year.
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Op-Ed | Will The National Parks Get Their Trademarks Back?

With word that efforts to settle their differences over the ownership of trademarks to iconic Yosemite National Park landmarks failed, a legal battle between the National Park Service and DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite is expected to resume in the U.S Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. Julia Huston, a partner and chair of the Trademark, Copyright, & Unfair Competition Practice at the law firm of Foley Hoag LLP, weighs in on the standoff in this column.
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Septic System Work Will Close Two Areas Of Acadia National Park For The Season

When Labor Day ends, the work begins at Acadia National Park. Two areas of Mount Desert Island in Maine – Seawall Campground and some visitor facilities at Sieur de Monts – will be closed for the season starting Tuesday as crews work to improve the septic systems that serve those areas.
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Scientists Fear Not Enough Being Done In United States To Prevent Widespread Extinctions

As biologists from around the globe convene in Hawaii for the quadrennial World Conservation Congress, a distinguished group of scientists from across America has issued a warning that current conservation efforts in the United States, while perhaps successful in the short term, are insufficient to prevent widespread extinctions of the nation’s plants and animals.
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UPDATED: Hurricane Hermine Prompts Decision To Close Cape Lookout, Cape Hatteras National Seashores

An approaching hurricane on Thursday prompted a decision to order the evacuation of visitors from Ocracoke Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks, leading Cape Hatteras National Seashore to shut down all visitor services on the barrier island. At nearby Cape Lookout National Seashore, officials were planning to shutter their operations at noon Friday.
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Star Show Coming To Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

On Saturday, September 3, from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site will host its seventh annual Star Party in partnership with the Springfield Telescope Makers of the Stellafane Observatory in Springfield,Vermont. The event will be held at Saint-Gaudens NHS in Cornish, New Hampshire, and is free and open to the public.
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Bill Nye, The Science Guy: "Half The Park Is After Dark"

The Planetary Society wants citizens everywhere to know the cosmos and our place within it. As you know, this year is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. For 100 years the Park Service has been preserving our natural wonders so that we can go to the parks... and wonder! This wonder is what drives so much of science.
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Congressman Requests Interior Department Briefing On National Park Service Mismanagement

The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee has asked Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell to provide his committee with a briefing on "the scope of mismanagement and conservation of national and cultural resources" at the National Park Service.
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Very Active Wildfire Day Expected In Yellowstone National Park

With "critically low" relative humidity levels, erratic winds and dry thunderstorms in the forecast, fire bosses in Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday were warning visitors to expect a "very active fire day" with traffic delays likely on the west side of the park as firefighters battle the flames.
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