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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Readies Closures To Protect Shorebird Nests

As shorebirds prepare to nest on beaches at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, several areas of the park will be deemed temporarily off-limits to protect the breeding habitat. These pre-nesting areas will be marked by April 15 and are not expected to impede off-road vehicle or pedestrian access.
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Populations Of Channel Islands Fox Rebound, But Low Genetic Diversity Could Pose Problems

Much was made earlier this year when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that three subspecies of the Channel Islands Fox had make a remarkable recovery from the brink of extinction, but one of the species' low genetic diversity could pose grave problems for the animals.
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Stargazing Program Coming To Cades Cove At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Next Week

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in cooperation with the Smoky Mountains Astronomical Society, will offer a 3-hour stargazing program in Cades Cove on Saturday, April 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Experienced astronomers and numerous telescopes will be on hand to provide a discovery of the spring sky’s position of stars, galaxies, and constellations, including the Milky Way.
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Appeals Court Rejects Bid To End Backcountry Fees At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Southern Forest Watch, an organization that has long fought to bring an end to backcountry user fees at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, lost its latest bid when the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the group's appeal from a lower court.
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Groups Sue National Park Service To Prevent Hunting Inside Grand Teton National Park

Concerned that the proposed delisting of grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem could soon be followed by a grizzly pelt being hauled out of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, two conservation groups have sued the National Park Service in a bid to force the agency to take back its authority to manage wildlife on all lands within the park's boundaries.
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Backpacking At Mount Rainier National Park To Be First-Come, First-Served

Hoping to snag a backcountry permit in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state this year? It could be challenging. Park officials say the park will process wilderness camping and climbing permits on a first-come, first-served basis only in 2016, including permits for hiking the Wonderland Trail.
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UPDATED: Biscayne National Park Threatened By Discharge Waters From Nuclear Reactors

Waters discharged from the Turkey Point nuclear power plant in Florida are contaminating Biscayne Bay and pose a threat to Biscayne National Park, according to studies commissioned by the state of Florida.
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