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Mount Baldy Trail Reopens At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

The National Park Service has announced that the trail to the beach at Mount Baldy at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has been reopened. The trail had been closed for several weeks after storm waves washed out a portion of it leaving a dangerous, 50-foot drop off. Park crews have now completed a rerouted trail and have reopened the area.
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Interior Spokeswoman: Department "Welcomes" Resignations From National Park Service Advisory Board

In a terse pushback Wednesday, an Interior Department official "welcomed" the resignations of nine members from the National Park Service Advisory Board and chided them for doing nothing while women were being harassed in the National Park System.
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Photography In The National Parks: My Five Favorites From 2017

Happy New Year! Continuing a tradition started several years ago with the Traveler, photographer Rebecca Latson lists 5 of her favorite photos taken during 2017 and explains why they are her favorites. Rebecca details settings, weather and lighting conditions, as well as the story behind each photo.
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BLM Moving Forward To Develop Resource Management Plans For Redrawn National Monuments

Although there are pending lawsuits that challenge the legitimacy of President Trump's dismantling of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is moving forward to develop management plans that could allow mining within the original boundaries of the monuments.
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This Land Is Our Land: How We Lost The Right To Roam And How To Take It Back

Ken Ilgunas knows about trespassing as he traveled thousands of miles across private land in the United States and is proud of it. He is a brave man, for not only might he get shot by someone protecting his private property right, but in this book, he challenges the very idea that private property owners should have the right to exclude everyone else from their land.
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Former Interior Officials And Staff Challenge Interior's Interpretation Of Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Calling the Interior Department's new stance on takings under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act a "contrived legal standard" and "contrary to the long-standing interpretation by every administration since at least the 1970s," a group of 17 former Interior officials and staff has asked Secretary Ryan Zinke to suspend it.
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