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The latest news from around the National Park System.

Doctor Pleads Guilty To Looting Artifacts From Death Valley National Park

After roughly two decades of removing cultural artifacts from Death Valley National Park and the Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest, a California man has pleaded guilty to two counts of unauthorized excavation, removal, transportation, damage, or defacement of archeological resources, according to federal authorities.
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Vision For Paved National Capital Trail System Comes With 121 ‘Achievable Goals’

The path to a cohesive, multi-use paved trail network in and around Washington, D.C., is long and complex but can be completed with the coordination and partnership of multiple parks, agencies, and governments, according to a report released this week by the National Park Service.
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More Than 200,000 Signatures On Petition Against Corporate Advertising In National Parks

A group opposed to corporate advertising in national parks has presented the National Park Service with a petition signed by more than 200,000 people who say they are against proposed changes pertaining to how commercial entities can be recognized in the parks.
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Reader Participation Day: Are You Avoiding National Parks This Year?

So, have the stories of tremendous crowds at some national parks this summer convinced you to put off your national park adventure until next year? Or have you shied away from the iconic parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon, and instead focused on small, less traveled units?
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Anti-Ranching Groups Seek Injunction Against National Park Service At Point Reyes National Seashore

The Resource Renewal Institute, Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project filed for a preliminary injunction in federal court Friday to block the National Park Service from pursuing a ranching expansion and elk-removal plan until the agency updates the park’s “general management plan” and assesses the environmental impacts of commercial dairy and cattle grazing at Point Reyes National Seashore in California.
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PEER Says National Park Service Whitewashed Problems At Effigy Mounds National Monument

Charging that the National Park Service "circled the wagons" in assessing how a former superintendent of Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa was able to run roughshod over the monument's sacred grounds for more than a decade, a watchdog group said the agency failed to put adequate reforms in place to ensure something similar doesn't happen in the future.
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A Week In Yellowstone's Thorofare: A Journey Through The Remotest Place

Mike Yochim, through his two previous books, Yellowstone and the Snowmobile and Protecting Yellowstone has established himself as a legitimate voice and scholar of national park history. Now supplemented by a third book, A Week in Yellowstone’s Thorofare, Yochim has transitioned to something vastly more personal and far less academic.
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Sea Turtle Nests Set Record For Second Straight Year At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The number of sea turtle nests recorded in Cape Hatteras National Seashore this year has surpassed the record set just one year ago. As of Aug. 10, resource management staff counted 310 sea turtle nests, with additional new nesting expected. In 2015, the park recorded 289 nests.
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Everglades, Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, Big Cypress...And Zika

While comparatively few cases of Zika virus have been identified in the United States, the National Park Service has been working to keep visitors, and employees, on top of the situation and is recommending that everyone visiting National Park System sites in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico take precautions to ward off mosquitoes.
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Boulders Removed, Full Access To Zion National Park Restored

The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, which runs through Zion National Park, has reopened after being closed since Wednesday due to a large rock fall prompted by an intense storm concentrating more than 2 inches of rainfall in a short period of time. The rock fall area has been cleared and all normal traffic flow through the park has resumed, park officials said Friday afternoon.
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365 Pounds Of Anacostia Park Goose Breast Going To Afterschool Lunch Program

The National Park Service and District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment have donated the breast meat from 365 resident Canada geese to DC Central Kitchen. The meat will be used in the healthy meals DC Central Kitchen prepares daily for multiple nonprofit partners, including homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics and afterschool programs. The geese were captured and euthanized from Anacostia Park earlier this summer as part of the park’s wetland management efforts.
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Dome Of Thomas Jefferson Memorial Not As Gleaming As It Once Was

The dome of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is one of the iconic landmarks on the Washington, D.C., skyline. In recent years, however, the gleaming white rotunda has become increasingly darkened, but not by dirt or mold, as the casual eye might suspect. The culprit is a colony of microscopic organisms, called biofilm, which adheres to stone surfaces and is proving a challenge as the National Park Service investigates how to treat it.
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