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Listening Sessions Planned To Discuss Future Of Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument

A series of listening sessions is coming up for the public to discuss their thoughts for the future of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, which was created in Maine last month after a donation of 87,500 acres was made to the federal government.

Traffic Limitations Likely Coming To Moose-Wilson Road In Grand Teton National Park

A main attraction of fall in Grand Teton National Park is slowly cruising the Moose-Wilson Road to take in the changing colors and catch sights of bears munching through berry-laden bushes and moose browsing riparian vegetation. Under a plan park officials are backing, there could be days during the peak visitation windows in summer and fall when you'll have to wait your turn to enjoy the drive.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Officials To Examine Factors Affecting Shorebirds, Sea Turtles

Cape Hatteras National Seashore will conduct a science workshop to evaluate factors affecting shorebirds and sea turtles on Seashore beaches. The workshop will take place from September 26-27 at: Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront, 1701 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948. A draft agenda will be circulated approximately one week ahead of the workshop.

Yosemite National Park Grows By 400 Acres With Donation Of Meadow

This week, Yosemite National Park grew by 400 acres, its largest expansion in nearly six decades, with the donation of wetlands and meadow habitat along the park’s western boundary. The land, known as Ackerson Meadow, was donated through the cooperative efforts of the Trust for Public Land, Yosemite Conservancy, and the National Park Service.

Birding In The National Parks: Counting Birds At Point Pelee National Park

Back in 2014 I regaled Traveler readers with a report from Canada’s Point Pelee National Park during spring migration. This month, I’m back to remind you that good spring spots are often just as good or better in the fall. I felt a little guilty crossing the border for a national park trip during this centennial celebration, but I think our friends to the north deserve a tip of the hat. Parks Canada celebrated its 115th birthday in May, making it a somewhat older sibling to our National Park Service.

Conservation Groups Lose Fight For Wilderness At Big Cypress National Preserve

National Park Service managers relied on their expertise and did not violate either The Wilderness Act nor the National Park Service Organic Act when they decided how many miles of off-road vehicle trails would be allowed in the Addition Lands of Big Cypress National Preserve, the 11th U.S. District Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Politics And Pokemon Lead To Biggest Month Ever At James A. Garfield National Historic Site

At James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 25 miles east of Cleveland, this year’s Republican National Convention and the popular mobile game Pokemon Go helped drive 13,083 visitors to the site in July. That total is 57 percent higher than the previous monthly record of 8,358 visitors five years ago, in July 2011.

Conversation With A National Park Lodge Manager

General managers of national park lodges don't have an easy job. They appear to be in perpetual motion while dealing with issues regarding employees, maintenance, guests, food service, budgets, and the National Park Service. The facilities they manage are often in isolated locations, a factor that can magnify what would normally be minor issues.

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