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Organization Forms to Promote Expansion of National Park System

We've had this discussion before. There are many, many places across the United States that are not, but should be, part of the National Park System. Places like the North Woods of Maine. The area surrounding Blackwater Falls in West Virginia. Sections of the San Rafael Swell in Utah. Now there's an independent group working to see such places added to the system.
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Grant From Friends Group Helps Preserve Night Skies Over Big Bend National Park

It's no secret the National Park Service lacks the budget it needs to properly take care of the 391 units of the National Park System. Thankfully, there are groups such as Friends of Big Bend to help meet some of the needs, such as improved lighting to help minimize light pollution at Big Bend National Park.
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Gateway National Recreation Area Working on General Management Plan; Where Does Commercialism Fit?

While many businesses do annual planning meetings to move their vision forward, national parks typically operate under General Management Plans that remain in effect for ten, 20, or more years. Which makes it particularly important for park goers to both follow this process and provide input. If you frequent Gateway National Recreation Area in the greater New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, now is your chance to weigh in.
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Bridge Over Needed Waters: Contract Awarded for Tamiami Trail Bridge at Everglades National Park

If the Everglades could talk, one answer to "how do you spell relief?" would be "water." After years of wrangling, a contract has been awarded to replace a one-mile section of the highway known as the Tamiami Trail with a bridge. The work will allow badly needed water to begin flowing again to part of Everglades National Park.
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Clash of Viewpoints on Public Land Ownership and Protection Arrives in Congress in the Form of Red Rock Wilderness Legislation

Contrasting views on how public lands should be managed and enjoyed collided in a congressional committee hearing Thursday as distinct lines were drawn over whether more than 9 million acres of red-rock landscape in Utah's outback should be protected as official wilderness or left open for off-road vehicles, mountain bikes, and energy development.
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Latest Climate Change Report Lists 25 National Parks Most At Risk

Another report on climate change and its impacts on national parks arrived Thursday, with a list of 25 parks most at risk. While it offered no real new recommendations beyond those that have been called for by previous reports, its authors voiced optimism that corporate America is becoming more concerned about climate change and would become a force in addressing the problem and its impacts.
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Eight Years After 9-11, National Park Service Lacks Adequate Security Approach, According to GAO Report

Despite years' old concerns that terrorists might strike at iconic units of the National Park System, the National Park Service's approach to security is haphazard, inefficient, and ineffective, according to a Government Accountablity Office report.
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U.S. House National Parks Subcommittee To Consider Red Rock Wilderness Act Legislation

Legislation scheduled to be taken up Thursday by a U.S. House subcommittee wouldn't create any national parks if passed, but it would go a long way toward providing some serious buffer zones around four national park units in Utah through the creation of officially designated wilderness.
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National Park Service, Advocacy Groups Reach Settlement Over Merced Wild and Scenic River Litigation in Yosemite National Park

After years of at-times acrimonious ligation, a settlement was announced Wednesday between the National Park Service and advocacy groups over development in the Yosemite Valley and how it might impact the Merced River, a wild and scenic stream. It's an agreement that could substantially redefine the human impact on one of the most scenic valleys in the world.
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