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Conservationists Divided Over Proposed Everglades National Park Land Swap With Florida Power And Light

A proposal by the National Park Service to swap some land at Everglades National Park with a utility company looking to build a transmission line corridor is dividing conservationists over whether it will benefit or harm the national park.
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House Subcommittee Hears Options To National Park Centennial Legislation

A "Centennial Penny for the Parks," a $1 fee surcharge for entry into national parks, and increases in mandatory appropriations to fund infrastructure needs were among the ideas presented to a House subcommittee considering legislation aimed at helping the National Park Service prepare for its next century as guardian of "America's Best Idea."
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Interior Secretary Attends Global Climate Change Conference, Uses National Parks To Illustrate Concerns

Examples of how climate change is impacting the National Park System from Everglades National Park in Florida to Bering Land Bridge National Preserve in Alaska were cited by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell this week to illustrate to a global audience the threats climate change poses.
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Victorian Christmas Celebration To Be Held At Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

A Victorian Christmas Celebration will be held this Saturday at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in New Jersey from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Millbrook Village buildings decorated in mid- to late-19th century style and open for tours and demonstrations.
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Public Comment Sought On Grand Canyon National Park's Draft Backcountry Management Plan

Rim-to-rim runners and hikers, river runners, and climbers all are exerting pressures and creating impacts on Grand Canyon National Park's backcountry. How to manage those activities while preserving the basic character of the more than 1.1 million acres of backcountry terrain is the goal of the park's draft Backcountry Management Plan, which is now open for public review and comment.
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Another Bill Being Considered To Boost National Park Service

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop has drafted legislation intended to help provide the National Park Service with additional funds to tackle needed projects across the National Park System and also bolster interpretation and education in the parks. No federal appropriations are called for; rather, public donations would be needed.
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Packrafting Association Lobbies For Access To Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks

In a rebuttal to National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis' contention that packrafting shouldn't be allowed to more waters than presently allowed in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, the American Packrafting Association is challenging his arguments in a letter of its own to U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop.
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