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Endangered Species Coalition Lists 10 Species Endangered By Climate Change

A small turtle from the eastern U.S. A species of trout native to Glacier and North Cascades national parks. Grizzly bears. A prairie orchard. A coral. These are among the ten plant, fish, animal, and bird species listed in a new report as being the "hottest" species imperiled by climate change.
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To Thoroughly Explore the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, You’ll Need to Bring Your Boat

The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, which traces the Chesapeake Campaign of the War of 1812, is so new that actual trail segments haven’t even been defined yet. Waterway segments add a novel twist to a complex set of routes commemorating a British invasion that captured Washington, burned the White House, and inspired our national anthem.
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Thirty-Five Years Later, Great Smoky Mountain National Park Rangers Still Being Thanked for Rescue

Can you ever say "thanks" enough to those who have saved your life or the life of a family member or friend? The parents of two 15-year-old Boy Scouts who were stranded in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park by a blizzard 35 years ago evidently don't think so.
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Lodging Deals To Be Had At Olympic National Park Through December 30

December can be an intriguing month in Olympic National Park. Crowds are non-existent, stormy seas can kick up incredible waves that explode against sea stacks, while in the high country deep snows can accumulate. And through December 30 you can catch a break on lodging at either Kalaloch or Lake Quinault lodges.
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National Park Service Revising Regulations To Better Manage Oil And Gas Exploration in Parks

Call it long overdue housekeeping, but the National Park Service is working to revise 30-year-old regulations that affect non-federal oil and gas development that could occur, or already is occurring, in some of its units. In other words, energy development within a park on lands owned by anyone other than the federal government, such as states or even private landowners. The bottom-line of the revisions is to better protect parks from energy development.
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Candlelight Tour at Fort McHenry National Monument Offers Rare Nighttime Look at the Fort

Fort McHenry is best known as the birthplace of the "Star-Spangled Banner," but the old fort has seen a lot of other history in the years since its stone walls were completed in 1803. A special candlelight tour on December 5 will offer a rare chance to visit the fort after dark and see how Yuletide celebrations have changed during the past 200 years.
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