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The latest news from around the National Park System.

South Rim Roads Improvement Project To Begin In January

Construction will begin as early as January 2 at the Hermit Road interchange in Grand Canyon National Park to resurface and improve the Hermit Road and Village Loop intersection. This is the first part of a 2018 Federal Highways Administration project to improve several intersections and about 15 miles of roads in the park.
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Maintenance Woes: Failed Septic System Forces Cancellation Of Film Festival At Effigy Mounds National Monument

Let's put a face on part of the National Park Service's maintenance backlog. At Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa, the annual Winter Film Festival had to be cancelled because the park's sewer system can't handle big crowds. And it might not be replaced before summer.
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Shenandoah National Park Offers Web-Based Program To Explore Park's History, Impact

National park histories are a fascinating aspect of the National Park System, one that might not be fully appreciated during a park vacation. At Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, a web-based program has been launched to explain both how the park came about and the impact the park has on its surrounding communities.
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Shuttle System In Place At Point Reyes National Seashore For Elephant Seals, Migrating Whales

Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Cicely Muldoon says the 20th year of shuttle bus transportation will begin Saturday, December 30, and running through late March 2018 for visitors hoping to catch glimpses of migrating gray whales or elephant seals lounging on the beaches.
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Students Track Pollinators And Water Quality At Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Whether it’s surveying bees and butterflies or collecting river samples, national park rangers can always use an extra pair of hands. At Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, youths with Mosaics in Science and the American Conservation Experience helped park biologists this summer with multiple science programs.
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National Park Service Will Offer Buyouts To ‘A Number Of Employees’

Already burdened by chronic staff shortages, low morale, an $11.3 billion maintenance backlog, and claims of disloyalty by the Interior secretary, the National Park Service will soon ask “a number of employees” to accept voluntary early retirement, according to a memo obtained by the Traveler.
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National Park Service Accepting Proposals For The Save America’s Treasures Grant Program

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is now accepting applications for $5 million in matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save America’s Treasures program.
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Poll Says Higher Park Fees Will Hurt Attendance, Study Says Gateway Communities Would Suffer

While polling shows strong opposition to a proposal to increase entrance fees to 17 national parks, and that more than 60 percent of Americans might skip a park visit if fees increase, a study shows higher entrance fees likely would hurt gateway communities to the parks.
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