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UPDATE: Men Pay More Than $52,000 For Cutting Down 400 Trees In Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Two men who accidentally logged some 400 trees from across 31 acres of Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri have paid restitution of more than $52,000 to the federal government, which declined to seek criminal charges as the men exhibited no criminal intent.
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Between Two Fires: A Fire History Of Contemporary America

No one knows more about the history of wildland fire in the United States than Stephen Pyne, a prodigious scholar, prolific writer, and former wildland firefighter who spent 15 years on the ground with the North Rim Hotshots. His encyclopedic knowledge and personal experience of wildland fire are exceptional credentials for writing this book, which traces the history of wildfire in America over the past half century.
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Why Preserve One Square Mile Of State Land Inside Grand Teton National Park?

Since June, the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and the National Park Foundation have been working to raise $23 million to help the National Park Service buy one-square-mile of land owned by the state of Wyoming inside Grand Teton National Park. This video shows why that purchase is important.
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Elevator Problems Affect Cave Tours At Wind Cave National Park In South Dakota

Limited cave tours are being offered at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota due to elevator problems. All tours are now entering and exiting the cave via the Walk-in Entrance and proceed only as far as the Post Office Room. Visitors will need to descend and climb up 155 stairs, which is equivalent to climbing a 15-story building.
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Draft Management Plan Issued For Tule Lake Unit

The National Park Service has released the Tule Lake Unit General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for public review and comment. The plan provides long-term guidance for how the National Park Service will develop and manage the unit, and how the stories of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II will be told at Tule Lake.
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A Sense Of Yosemite

There are literally hundreds of books on Yosemite National Park, including the iconic Ansel Adams black and white homage and John Muir’s The Yosemite, and it’s no wonder: it’s 1,200 square miles of mountains and canyons and valleys like nowhere else on Earth, and means so much to so many. And here is another must-have for your library, a rare combination of beautiful images coupled with heartfelt words by two masters of their crafts.
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National Park Service Commemorates Veterans Day With Special Programs And Free Admission On November 11

In honor of Veterans Day, many national parks across the country are hosting special events, displays, and ceremonies to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the U.S. Armed Forces. The National Park Service will waive entrance fees on November 11.
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National Park Service Faces Variety Of Threats To Archaeological Resources At Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

River flows, burrowing rodents, and seeping water all pose a threat to archaeological resources at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, where officials are trying to come up with a solution to better preserve those pieces of history.
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Draft Plan Issued For Solving Parking, Access Issues At Muir Woods National Monument

When my wife and I visited Muir Woods National Monument in California, we wound up parking on the side of a road about a half-mile from the park's entrance. And, we learned later in the day when we saw the line of cars similarly parked stretching for about two miles, that we were lucky. Now the National Park Service is working on a plan to improve parking and access at the monument just north of San Francisco Bay.
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Study Seeks To Uncover Yellowstone's Subsurface Mysteries

A new study providing an unprecedented regional view of the earth’s crust beneath Yellowstone National Park is set to begin with a helicopter electromagnetic and magnetic (HEM) survey on Monday. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Wyoming and Aarhus University in Denmark hope to distinguish zones of cold fresh water, hot saline water, steam, clay and unaltered rock from one another to understand Yellowstone’s myriad hydrothermal systems. The flights will continue for the next two to four weeks.
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