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NPS Official Investigated For Padding His Travel Expenses Lands New Position

A senior National Park Service official investigated for padding his travel expenses by nearly $18,000 reportedly has been transferred to a position overseeing the agency's Park Planning, Facilities and Lands department, a move that drew quick criticism from union representatives.
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Essential Park Guide, Summer 2017: Join The Park Side

Let's face it: at National Parks Traveler, we're excited about summer in the National Park System. This summer will be particularly memorable for folks who are able to visit a park on August 21, when a total solar eclipse will darken a swath of the country, from John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon, through Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and eastward into Congaree National Park in South Carolina.
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Comments Sought On Proposed Shower And Accessibility Improvements To Historic Comfort Stations In Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park in Montana is conducting public scoping for a proposal to remove and replace one comfort station (currently used for storage) and improve three other comfort stations in the Apgar Campground, including adding a shower.
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Exploring The Parks: Quitobaquito Springs At Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

In far south Arizona, so far south that you could cross into Mexico if you wanted, there's an oasis in this prickly Sonoran Desert landscape that has been drawing thirsty travelers for centuries. Protected by Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Quitobaquito Springs has many stories to tell.
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Trump Administration Cracks Regulatory Window For Pebble Mine Near Lake Clark National Park

Unconvinced that copper, gold, and molybdenum can't be mined safely not far from Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Alaska and within the watershed of Bristol Bay, the Trump administration has opened the regulatory window for Northern Dynasty Minerals to apply for the necessary permits.
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Work On Boulder Creek Trail Begins Monday; No Access On Olympic Hot Springs Road Above Glines Canyon Overlook

Olympic National Park crews on Monday will start work on Boulder Creek Trail, which begins at the end of the Olympic Hot Springs Road in the Elwha Valley. For visitor and employee safety, there will be no access above the Glines Canyon Overlook on Olympic Hot Springs Road beginning Monday, May 15, until later this summer.
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National Park Service Recovery Team To Open Some Areas Of Ozark Riverways

After more than a week of hard work cleaning and repairing areas in the park, Ozark National Scenic Riverways will open some land-based areas for day use beginning Saturday. Park staff and the Midwest Region Incident Management Team have been working to assess conditions and identify areas that are safe to open as we continue to address the large tasks ahead.
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Join Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens To Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day

As a sign of the Anacostia River’s improving health, more birds are returning to feed and nest, and the natural green space of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C., is an important stopover on their migration routes. Come experience and celebrate the park’s first International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday from 7 a.m.- 2 p.m.
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Necropsy Shows Prominent Yellowstone National Park Wolf Was Shot

Veterinarians have determined that a prominent white wolf in Yellowstone National Park that had to be put down in the field by park rangers a month ago had been shot. With that news in hand, park officials are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for shooting the animal.
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Now's Your Opportunity To Take A Stand On National Monuments From Bears Ears To Katahdin Woods

When he arrived in Utah earlier this week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said it didn't matter where you live, whether in Boston, Massachusetts, or Blanding, Utah, you had an equal voice in how public lands, particularly national monuments, are managed. Beginning today, you can add your voice and thoughts to that issue.
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Trump Administration Embraces 7-Mile-Long String Of Transmission Towers Across James River

A 7-mile-long string of electrical transmission towers that would march across the James River within sight of historic Jamestowne and Colonial National Historical Park would cause "severe and unacceptable damage to this historically important area and the irreplaceable and iconic resources within it," according to former National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.
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