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A Walk In The Woods

Roaming the gift shop in Yellowstone National Park in search of a book to fill any idle hours I might encounter after the sun went down, I spied a paperback edition of Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, and figured that now, almost two decades after it came out, was as good a time as any to add his Appalachian Trail odyssey to my library. I wasn't disappointed.
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Drastic Changes Possible As Acadia National Park Develops Transportation Plan

Closing the Park Loop Road to private vehicles during peak season, a reservation system on Cadillac Mountain, and car quotas on Ocean Drive are among the ideas under consideration as Acadia National Park forms a transportation plan aimed at improving the visitor experience while preserving natural and cultural resources.
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National Park Service Proposing To Let Nature Take Its Course With Breach At Fire Island National Seashore

Natural processes, specifically the ebb and flow of the Atlantic Ocean, should be allowed to continue at Fire Island National Seashore, where the National Park Service is willing to let a breach in the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dunes Wilderness open and close as the waves dictate.
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Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational Coming In November

Zion National Park Foundation is hosting 24 artists for a week of creativity and inspiration, November 7-13, as part of the eighth annual Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational. It is being billed as the "Centennial Edition," celebrating the influence of original art in the founding of the National Park Service one hundred years ago
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Visitor Center At Wright Brothers National Memorial Undergoing Restoration

Starting this November, the historic Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center will undergo a rehabilitation project to preserve and restore its existing architecturally significant features and to rehabilitate its mechanical and electrical systems. A temporary visitor center will be available for visitors during the rehabilitation.
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Op-Ed |Hispanic Heritage Month And The National Parks

With Hispanic Heritage Month now behind us and as the National Park Service Centennial year comes to a close, the time for action is now. From the earliest Spanish explorers to contemporary leaders in civics, the arts and industry, our heritage is an essential part of the American story. Yet, only a few sites in the National Park System currently preserve and interpret such history and culture. Fortunately, there has been some progress in recognizing and protecting these important sites.
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Anonymous Donor Offers $300,000 Match For Restoration Of Moses H. Cone Manor On Blue Ridge Parkway

An anonymous donor is raising the stakes at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a matching challenge. Each donation designated for the former estate near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, will be matched dollar for dollar if the $300,000 goal is reached.
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