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Heavy Rains Inundate Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facilities

Recent record-breaking rain on Hatteras Island has impacted ramps, campgrounds, and roads along Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and another rain event is anticipated this Sunday. It has been reported that up to 14 inches of rain fell on the Outer Banks of North Carolina between Saturday, May 28, and Thursday, June 2.
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‘A Sense Of Solitude And Serenity’ At Grand Canyon’s North Rim

With cooler temperatures and smaller crowds than the South Rim, the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park may be a place where you can find lodging as the National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday this summer. Whether your trip is planned for this summer or a bullet point on your bucket list, the Arizona park has released a video gives you a glimpse of what makes the place so special.
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Reflecting on America’s Great Outdoors: Persistent Challenges And Enduring Recommendations

As the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary draws near, I’ve been looking back at a pair of 2009 reports on America’s “great outdoors.” An RFF report that I coauthored reviewed the status of public lands, demand for outdoor recreation, and conservation funding trends.
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Hillary Clinton Wants To Create An American Parks Trust Fund

Hillary Clinton has unveiled her plans for the environment, and one of the planks would be to create an American Parks Trust Fund with a "mission of helping to expand local, state, and national recreation opportunities, rehabilitate existing parks, and enhancing America’s great outdoors – from our forests and coasts to neighborhood parks."
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Great Smoky Mountains Proposes Fee Increases For Campgrounds, Pavilions

Three years ago, Great Smoky Mountains National Park didn’t open some campgrounds and picnic areas due to funding shortfalls. Now, the park is proposing fee increases of up to 30 percent at all frontcountry campgrounds and picnic pavilions to meet the rising costs of operations, reduce a backlog of maintenance requirements on park facilities, and initiate needed improvements.
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Astronomy Festival Coming June 1-4 To Bryce Canyon National Park

For park-loving astronomers, the Southwest is the place to be at the beginning of next month. Grand Canyon National Park will host its 26th annual Star Party on both rims June 4-11. But before that, just to the north, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah will celebrate the stars June 1-4 during its 16th annual Astronomy Festival.
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Sea Of Sand, A History Of Great Sand Dunes National Park And Preserve

There is an inland sea of sand that relatively few people realize exists. While the sand dunes of Death Valley National Park are fairly well-known, and most people are aware of the sand dunes at our national seashores, the towering dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado are unknown to most.
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