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Looters Excavate, Steal Civil War History At Petersburg National Battlefield

While Americans this weekend honor those who gave their lives in defense of the country, the National Park Service is investigating looting that took place at a Civil War battlefield this week. The initial assessment at Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia identified a large number of excavations in the park.
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Yellowstone To Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints This Holiday Weekend

Park rangers will conduct traffic safety checkpoints in Yellowstone National Park this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The goals of the checkpoints are to identify and correct traffic and safety violations and to identify any impaired drivers to help ensure park roads are safer for the travelling public.
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Astronomers To Provide Free Telescope Viewing At Grand Canyon National Park

During the day, visitors to Grand Canyon National Park look down into the vast, colorful chasm. At night, however, the park is an ideal location to look up and take in the night sky. The 26th annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held June 4-11 on the South and North rims of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
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"Sentinel," The Landslide That Filled Zion Canyon

Imagine a 2.5-mile-long lake in Zion Canyon, one nearly 400 feet deep that shimmered in the canyon for roughly 700 years. It's hard to grasp, but even harder to envision is a mountainside peeling off the face of what is known today as the Sentinel in Zion National Park and filling the valley floor in seconds with 286 million cubic meters of rock and dirt.
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Study Shows Prescribed Forest Fires Can Reduce Effects Of Drought On Forests

A study from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service shows that thinning forests with prescribed fire can reduce the effects of drought. Climate change is expected to amplify drought conditions in California so using science to better understand the impacts of drought is of great importance to resource managers such as the National Park Service.
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Grand Canyon National Park Also Expecting Crowds For Memorial Day Weekend

Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park over Memorial Day weekend can expect long lines, crowds, and full parking lots. Last year, Grand Canyon’s visitation hit an all-time high and the park is already seeing an increase over last year’s numbers. The park anticipates a busier-than-normal holiday weekend.
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House Republicans Maneuvering To Drop ESA Protections For Wolves, Keep Disposable Water Bottles In Parks

A draft 156-page bill to fund the Interior Department for the coming fiscal year contains language that would strip Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks and impede the National Park Service's efforts to ban the sale of disposable water bottles in the park system.
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