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National Park Service Seeking Public Comment On Mine Road To Cross Gates Of Arctic National Preserve

It's not a question of whether a mine access road will be built across a section of Gates of the Arctic National Preserve in Alaska, but exactly how it is constructed. National Park Service staff say they are required by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act to allow the road, but they have some control over the logistics of that construction.
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Photography In The National Parks: The Armchair Photography Guide To Mount Rainier National Park Part 3 – Paradise

Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson continues her Armchair Photography Guide of Mount Rainier National Park with Part 3 of this series, featuring locations within the Paradise area of the park. Like the previous two parts, Rebecca shares tips on settings and gear along with a little compositional advice to help you make the most out of your photos of this gorgeous place.
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Experience The Magic Of Grand Teton National Park This Winter

Imagine this: you step outside your car and the freezing cold air immediately takes your breath away. You grab your cross-country skis and slowly walk toward the fresh corduroy. The snow crunches beneath your boots. As the bitter cold of January in the Tetons runs through your body, you question why you woke up at the crack of dawn for this.
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Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating The North Cascades National Park

In Crown Jewel Wilderness, environmental historian Lauren Danner masterfully tells the story of the decades of political wrangling over the North Cascades. She examines North Cascades history in the context of national debates about what agency should be the primary provider of outdoor recreation – the Forest Service or the National Park Service – what areas should be national park as opposed to national forest, and who should manage wilderness in places like the North Cascades. Conservationists were skeptical that either agency would consider wilderness preservation a priority. The Park Service was, they thought, too focused on developing the national parks for mass recreation, and the Forest Service was pursuing a multiple use policy focused especially, in the North Cascade region, on logging.
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Bryce Canyon National Park Schedules Christmas Bird Count

On December 7, nature lovers and birders of all levels of experience will gather at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah to participate in the world’s longest-running citizen bird census. The National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, now in its 118th year, is an annual event that brings together volunteers across the United States, South America, Canada, and distant Pacific islands to assist scientists in the monumental task of assessing the health of bird populations.
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Battle Road Trail At Minute Man National Historical Park To Be Rehabbed

Minute Man National Historical Park in Massachusetts has announced that the Battle Road Trail, located in Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord will begin an extensive rehabilitation beginning November 15. Sections of the trail at Hartwell Tavern will be closed. There will be a pedestrian trail detour, which is narrow and impassable to bicycles or strollers and is not suitable for running or jogging. The project begins November 20 and is expected to run through year's end. Additional work at North Bridge will begin April 23, 2018.
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Second Annual Candlelight Tour Coming To Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is taking reservations for the preserve’s 2nd annual Candlelight Tour, which is scheduled for Saturday, December 2. All activities are free, but reservations are required for this event and fill up fast. Please call the visitor center at 620-273-8494 (hit 0) to make your free reservation.
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Study Shows High Salmon Use In Wolf Diets In Lake Clark National Park

Living in a landscape containing salmon fisheries, it should come as no surprise that wolves in southwestern Alaska, including those in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, eat a diet surprisingly heavy in salmon. A recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Zoology also found a possible increase in wolf pack stability in packs making regular use of salmon as a food resource.
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