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Rep. Grijalva Wants Interior Secretary To Testify On Trump Budget

How will Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spread a 12 percent budget cut, if directed so by Congress, across his department and its agencies, including the National Park Service? That's a question U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva wants an answer to "as soon as possible," and he's made that point in a letter asking House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop to call the secretary before the full committee.
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David Rockefeller, Benefactor Of Acadia National Park, Passes At 101

David Rockefeller, who continued his family's long-running love affair with national parks, died the other day at 101. The last surviving grandchild of oil baron John D. Rockefeller, Mr. Rockefeller had a particular keenness for Acadia National Park, which his father, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., helped established in 1916.
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Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Celebrates 20 Years

Twenty years ago, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation started as a simple idea: Give the people who care deeply for the Blue Ridge Parkway the power to protect and guide its future. Whether they cherished the trails, overlooks, ties to mountain history and culture, wildlife, or just the drive itself, they were invited to support the historic scenic route.
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Devils Tower Climbing Routes Temporarily Close To Protect Nesting Falcons

Climbing routes on the northeast face of Devils Tower at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming have been temporarily closed to protect nesting peregrine and prairie falcons. The closure is implemented to provide the falcons with an undisturbed nesting location during this critical courtship and nest-selection period, and is an annual occurrence at Devils Tower.
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National Parks Continue To See Gains From Growing Popularity Of Camping

A more welcoming atmosphere combined with the National Park Service’s centennial celebration could pay short- and long-term dividends in national parks, as campers were drawn to more parks in 2016 and say they intend to increase their frequency of camping this year – with national parks again as the top planned destination.
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Glacier National Park To Permit Non-Motorized Watercraft Into Park This Summer

After deciding last November to close all park waters to boating to prevent the spread of non-native mussels, Glacier National Park officials have decided that non-motorized boats that are not brought into the park on trailers will be allowed back in the water this summer.
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Park Service To Explore How Best To Protect Coastal Species In Southeast Region

The National Park Service is embarking on a study to determine how best to protect shorebirds, sea turtles and beach mice from the threat of predators at park units in the Southeast Region. The Coastal Species of Concern Predator Management Plan Programmatic Environmental Assessment will evaluate the best available predator management options and analyze relevant environmental issues.
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Traveler's View: Let's Not Derail Our National Parks Movement

Just months after celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service, the mood is decidedly more somber as the national parks movement in the United States has hit a stumbling block or two, from the prospect of a significant budget cut to the possible loss of the Antiquities Act as a tool for presidents to use to set aside wondrous landscapes as part of the National Park System.
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Inspector General: National Park Service Lacks Sound Oversight Of Funds Donated to Cooperating Associations

National Park Service officials do not have in place a sound process for reviewing how funds donated to park cooperating agencies across the country are managed and spent, according to the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General.
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Cold Snap Impacts About Half Of National Mall's Dazzling Cherry Trees

The National Park Service estimates that approximately half of the cherry blossoms on the Yoshino variety of trees have survived the recent cold snap, and will be emerging over the next week or so around the Tidal Basin, in East Potomac Park and on the grounds of the Washington Monument. The Yoshinos are the most abundant variety of cherry trees maintained by the National Park Service, making up approximately 70 percent of the total inventory.
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