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Dozens Of Eggs Taken From Sea Turtle Run Over At Cape Hatteras National Seashore Hatched

Scraps of egg shells told the story: though their mother was killed when a vehicle drove over her on a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach, some of the 172 eggs taken from the green sea turtle and placed in a sandy nest survived the ordeal to incubate, hatch, and make it into the Atlantic Ocean.

UPDATED: Obama Administration Withdraws 30,000 Acres Near Yellowstone From New Mining Claims

Obama administration officials, in a move welcomed by the business and conservation community near Yellowstone National Park, moved Monday to block mining on roughly 30,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service just north of the park, though the action won't necessarily keep two gold mines from going in on private lands in the area, including one that would be visible from the park's north entrance.

The Lumineers, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood To Perform At 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting

The Lumineers, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood have been added to the lineup for the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. They will join James Taylor, Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, and Yolanda Adams in performing a collection of holiday favorites.

UPDATED: Fort Sumter National Monument Honored With 25-Cent Piece

Fort Sumter National Monument in South Carolina has been honored in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The coin’s reverse (tails) side depicts Sgt. William Jasper returning the regimental flag to the ramparts while under attack from British ships during a battle of the American Revolution.

Fence Proposed To Keep ORVs, Target Shooters Out Of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Nearly two years after Congress created Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument near Las Vegas, portions of the unit are being damaged by off-road enthusiasts and individuals who haul TVs, furniture, and other junk into the monument for target practice. At least one death has been linked to target shooting. In an effort to prevent such incidents, the National Park Service is proposing to build a fence with hopes of protecting the park.

Yellowstone National Park Lone Dissenter To Plan For Managing Grizzly Bears If They Are Delisted From ESA

Just one vote against a Conservation Strategy intended to see that grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem thrive after they lose Endangered Species Act protections was voiced, and that came from the superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, the core of the ecosystem and heart of grizzly bear recovery.

Crews Moving Tons Of Sand To Stem Erosion From Ocean Beach At Golden Gate National Recreation Area

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, in cooperation with the National Park Service, is leading a short-term effort to transport excess sand via dump truck from north Ocean Beach to two erosion hot spots at south Ocean Beach. The work, performed week days from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., is expected to last through December.

Entrance Fee-Free Days To National Parks Dropping By A Half-Dozen In 2017

The party must be over in 2017. The number of entrance fee-free days in the National Park System is dropping by 40 percent, to just 10 from the 16 you could have taken advantage of this year. Gone are the weeklong free days during National Park Week in April, and a long fee-free weekend in August to celebrate the founding of the National Park Service.

10 New National Historic Landmarks Illustrating America's Diverse History, Culture

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis have announced the designation of 10 new national historic landmarks, including properties that honor LGBT and civil rights history. The designation recognizes the properties as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.

Order A Digital Version Of The Essential Park Guide For Winter 2016-17

Wondering how to enjoy the national parks through the winter? Download a digital version of the Essential Park Guide, Winter 2016-17, for a nice variety of ideas. You could consider visiting Big Bend National Park in Texas, exploring the newest national monument, Katahdin Woods and Waters, or go ice climbing at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Public Comments Favor Removing Enchanted Valley Chalet From Olympic National Park's Backcountry

"Wilderness ethics" received far more support than emotional ties in public comments on what to do with the Enchanted Valley Chalet that stands in designated wilderness in Olympic National Park, with most people calling on the National Park Service to remove the historic structure.

Fire Conditions Merit Bans, Restrictions In Shenandoah And Great Smoky Mountains National Parks

With wildfires burning in many places of the Southeast, and extremely warm and dry conditions in the forests, Great Smoky Mountains National Park has banned all campfires and use of fire grills in the park, while to the north in Shenandoah National Park fire restrictions have been put in place in the South District.

Young Explorer's Guide To Wildfires

A winter with little snow has been followed by a summer of drought. Tall, white storm clouds tower above the mountain peaks throughout the long, hot afternoon. A few raindrops splatter onto the pine needles which cover the forest floor. Then, strong winds rush through the forest, rocking the treetops back and forth. The scene has been set for a destructive force of nature: a forest fire.

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