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Sea Of Sand, A History Of Great Sand Dunes National Park And Preserve

There is an inland sea of sand that relatively few people realize exists. While the sand dunes of Death Valley National Park are fairly well-known, and most people are aware of the sand dunes at our national seashores, the towering dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado are unknown to most.
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Parks Canada Announces New Explora App For Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada is ready to welcome visitors for the 2016 season. This year, Parks Canada is continuing to improve its visitor offerings with even more innovative and educational events and activities, as well as investments in visitor facilities. At Waterton Lakes National Park, Parks Canada is introducing a mobile application, offering rewarding volunteer opportunities, and providing interpretive hikes.
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Looters Excavate, Steal Civil War History At Petersburg National Battlefield

While Americans this weekend honor those who gave their lives in defense of the country, the National Park Service is investigating looting that took place at a Civil War battlefield this week. The initial assessment at Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia identified a large number of excavations in the park.
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Yellowstone To Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints This Holiday Weekend

Park rangers will conduct traffic safety checkpoints in Yellowstone National Park this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The goals of the checkpoints are to identify and correct traffic and safety violations and to identify any impaired drivers to help ensure park roads are safer for the travelling public.
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Astronomers To Provide Free Telescope Viewing At Grand Canyon National Park

During the day, visitors to Grand Canyon National Park look down into the vast, colorful chasm. At night, however, the park is an ideal location to look up and take in the night sky. The 26th annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held June 4-11 on the South and North rims of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
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Study Shows Prescribed Forest Fires Can Reduce Effects Of Drought On Forests

A study from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service shows that thinning forests with prescribed fire can reduce the effects of drought. Climate change is expected to amplify drought conditions in California so using science to better understand the impacts of drought is of great importance to resource managers such as the National Park Service.
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Grand Canyon National Park Also Expecting Crowds For Memorial Day Weekend

Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park over Memorial Day weekend can expect long lines, crowds, and full parking lots. Last year, Grand Canyon’s visitation hit an all-time high and the park is already seeing an increase over last year’s numbers. The park anticipates a busier-than-normal holiday weekend.
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House Republicans Maneuvering To Drop ESA Protections For Wolves, Keep Disposable Water Bottles In Parks

A draft 156-page bill to fund the Interior Department for the coming fiscal year contains language that would strip Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks and impede the National Park Service's efforts to ban the sale of disposable water bottles in the park system.
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Be Careful In the National Parks This Summer, Travelers

Summer's official kickoff is this coming Memorial Day Weekend, and with crowds expected across the National Park System, be sure to pay attention to your surroundings and others in the parks. A Texas woman hoping to photograph a bald eagle near the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park apparently took her eyes off the road and was hit and killed by oncoming traffic, according to park authorities.
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Runner Chronicling 469-Mile ‘Relay’ To Raise Awareness For Blue Ridge Parkway

Ray Russell is in the middle of the monthlong Relay With Ray, a run that will “explore and celebrate every twist, turn, nook, and cranny of the Blue Ridge Parkway” – all 469 miles of it – and raise awareness for the scenic parkway that offers stunning views of the Appalachian highlands.
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