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Democrats Introduce "Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act" To Help Wildlife Cope With Climate Change

With some impacts of climate change already evident, and others projected, wildlife will need a means to move across the landscape to cope with the changes. With that in mind, two Democratic congressmen have introduced legislation to identify and protect wildlife corridors across the country.
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Reader Participation Day: Has The Change In Gun Rules Changed Your National Park Plans?

Since late February it's been legal for properly permitted concealed weapons owners, and rifle and shotgun owners, as well, to bring their weapons into a national park if the surrounding state law allows such carry. Has that change in national park gun regulations changed your thoughts about visiting a national park?
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Glacier National Park Avalanche Victim Apparently Faced Varying Avalanche Danger

It had to be tempting: fresh snow, an early spring day in Glacier National Park's backcountry, and fresh tracks to be laid down. But Brian Wright's third run of the day proved fatal when a weak snow-bond gave way and spurred an avalanche that ran roughly 1,800 vertical feet.
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"Hike the Smokies Challenge" Begins on April 25 at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers hundreds of miles of trails, and the park is launching a new program to encourage visitors to enjoy them. The “Reward Yourself - Hike the Smokies Challenge" begins with free distribution of hiking mileage record books at park visitor centers on April 25.
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Loss of the Historic Baker-Robinson Whale Oil Refinery Rankles Officials at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

The recent loss of a historic whale oil refinery in the vicinity of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park serves as a harsh reminder that historic preservation is typically subject to marketplace rules.
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Amtrak and NPS Add Podcasts to Trails and Rails Program for Train Fans and Riders

Trains have long been a great way to visit many national park sites around the country, and the Trails and Rails program provides NPS volunteers or staff on some train routes to answer park questions. Now the program is adding a new bonus for some Amtrak trips: audio podcasts highlighting the history and points of interest along the way.
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Bat at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tests Positive for White Nose Syndrome Fungus

The news from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to start the week wasn't good: a bat in the park has tested positive for Geomyces destructans, the fungus and the presumptive causative agent of White Nose Syndrome (WNS). WNS has killed over 90% of the bats in many caves in the Northeast.
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