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"Snowbound: Animals Of Winter" Reveals Surprising Wildlife Survival Strategies And Adaptations

The coldest and snowiest places on earth pose a challenge to anyone visiting such locations as the Arctic Circle or Antarctica, but what about the year-round animal population? How do they cope for many months with life in these frozen wonderlands where temperatures can plummet to as low as minus 50 degrees?

Bears Ears, Jigsaw Piece In Southeastern Utah's National Park Landscape, Declared National Monument

Bears Ears, a 1.35-million-acre rugged redrock landscape rich in Native American history and lore, was declared a national monument Wednesday by President Obama, whose action via the Antiquities Act quickly infuriated Utah's politicians. The wide swath of land covered by the designation includes much of land long desired by conservationists to provide the "completion" of Canyonlands National Park.

Park Service Releases New Guidelines For Donations And Philanthropic Partnerships

The National Park Service today updated its guidelines for donations and philanthropic partnerships, clarifying how and where donors can be acknowledged – naming rights in parks still will not be permitted – and expanding the range of partner opportunities – including with individuals and start-ups, but also corporations that produce or distribute alcohol.

Op-Ed | A Black Letter Day For America's National Parks

December 20, 2016, was a Black Letter Day for America’s national parks. The National Park Service issued a new regulation – Director’s Order 100 – which invents a new Precautionary Principle designed to even further stifle creativity and innovation by the agency charged with promoting 413 special places that belong to Americans and tell our stories.

Winter Paddling Clinic And First Day Float Coming To Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Ozark National Scenic Riverways and Missouri State Parks will be hosting a Winter Paddling Clinic on December 31 and First Day Float on January 1. The Winter Paddling Clinic will be held at Echo Bluff State Park in conjunction with their New Year’s Eve celebration. On January 1, paddlers will celebrate the new year with a float on the Current or Jacks Fork Rivers, and then gather at Current River State Park in the afternoon for a bonfire and warm beverages.

A 12.5-Acre Christmas Present For Rocky Mountain National Park

A 12.5-acre privately owned tract of land in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado was poised to go on sale, a move that could have led to a bigger developed footprint in the park, when the Rocky Mountain Conservancy stepped in to purchase it with help from the Wilderness Land Trust and the National Park Trust.

Charting National Parks Traveler's Future

Since August 2005, National Parks Traveler’s mission has been to educate the public, increase awareness, and build a strong advocacy for protection and stewardship of our national parks. That mission will be underscored in 2017 as we seek nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, a designation that will cement National Parks Traveler’s role far into the future.

Where Water Is Gold: Life And Livelihood In Alaska's Bristol Bay

This is a wonderful look at life around Bristol Bay, Alaska. While the bay’s waters are known as the foremost source of sockeye salmon, the mountains surrounding the bay are also sources of great mineral wealth, and therein lies a conflict. Carl Johnson’s gorgeous, and human, photography does a fine job of showcasing a way of life that may be threatened by the Pebble Creek mine that long has been proposed to dig into the landscape.

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