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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces Off-Road Vehicle Permit Print-At-Home Option

Beginning in mid-March, if you want an off-road vehicle permit for Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina, you'll be able to print one at home. Seashore officials say the changes are being made to increase user convenience, provide new options for park visitors wishing to purchase an ORV permit, and increase efficiency by reducing the cost associated with collecting permit fees.
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Denali National Park Asked To Approve Placer Mining Operation At Kantishna

Three decades ago there was talk that the only discussion of mining for gold at Kantishna in Denali National Park and Preserve would be done in the vein of interpretation, but now an Alaskan man is seeking permission to develop his placer claims in an operation that seems daunting but holds the potential for a large payday if U.S. Geological Survey estimates are accurate.
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UPDATED: Aramark Declines Delaware North Offer To Assume Trademarks Of Yosemite Properties

Delaware North Co.'s offer to assign trademarks to iconic properties in Yosemite National Park to Aramark Corp. pending determination of the "fair value" of those marks was rejected Sunday, with Aramark officials saying the trademarks "belong to the American people."
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Public Weighs In On How To Manage Breach At Fire Island National Seashore

Fire Island National Seashore Superintendent Chris Soller announced today the Public Scoping Comment Summary Report for the Wilderness Breach Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (Plan/EIS) is available on the National Park Service (NPS) Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website. The report summarizes public input received during the 2015 scoping period and will help shape the Draft Plan/EIS.
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With Elevators Out Of Service, Visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park Becomes More Strenuous

Seeing "the Grand Canyon with a roof over it" at Carlsbad Caverns National Park of late has has been more strenuous for those seeking to marvel at the park's Big Room, as safety issues with the elevators that have been used to lower visitors into the cave have taken them out of service. Instead, you face a long, steep hike in and out of the cave entrance in addition to the more-than-a-mile walk through the room.
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There Are Rapids, And Then There Are Name-Brand Rapids

What’s in a name? Well, when you hear Hance, the Big Drop, Lost Paddle, or Lava Falls, we’re talking about some of the largest, craziest river rapids in our national parks. Interesting names, for sure, but how do they rate? We posed this question to our river rats: What are the best rapids in the parks? They came up with quite a list. So, if you’re looking for exciting and death-defying whitewater in the parks…
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Tracing The History Of The Outer Banks Group During The National Park Service's Centennial

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service in 1916, the Outer Banks History Center is partnering with the National Park Service, Outer Banks Group, to present Explore Your Outer Banks Parks: Celebrating a Century of the National Park Service in the History Center Gallery, Manteo, N.C.
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Effigy Mounds National Monument To Prepare Cultural Landscape Report

As the National Park Service continues to recover from perhaps the darkest chapter in its history at Effigy Mounds National Monument, officials are developing a Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Assessment to understand exactly what the monument's landscape contains and to develop a management plan going forward.
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OIG: National Park Service Director Skirted Ethics Office In Writing Book, Reprimanded

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis intentionally skirted the Interior Department's Ethics Office to write a book, a Guidebook to American Values and Our National Parks, for a cooperating association contractually tied to the Park Service, an action that brought the director an official reprimand from top Interior Department officials who also removed him from any dealings with the Park Service's ethics office for the rest of his career as director.
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Lava Tube Tours Honor Anniversary At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Most people know that the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2016, but fewer realize that it’s also the centennial year for Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. To honor the anniversary, the Big Island park is offering a guided hike into a large lava tube formed by Kilauea volcano centuries ago.
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Public Comment Period Opens On Dog Walking Rule For Golden Gate National Recreation Area

How will the dog walking public feel about special regulations for them at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California? The next two months will provide some insights as the park takes public comment on its preferred alternative for managing dogs in the NRA.
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