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Maine Attorney General To President Trump: Don't Mess With Our Monument

While Maine Governor Paul LePage might want Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument abolished, the state's attorney general has a message for the Trump administration: Don't mess with our monument.
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National Park Service Offers Sea Turtle Nest Excavation Programs In August And September

This August and September, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is offering park visitors an opportunity to observe excavations of recently hatched sea turtle nests. During an excavation, biologists will dig up the hatched nest, count empty eggshells, and collect un-hatched eggs for research. Live and dead hatchlings are occasionally found during these excavations.
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Study: Killing Wolves Outside Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve Impacts Preserve's Wolf Packs

Though Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in Alaska is nearly 3 million acres in size, wolf populations with home territories in the preserve decline when wolves are targeted for removal on adjacent state lands, according to a two-decade-long study.
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Trump Administration Approves More Than 7-Mile-Long Transmission Line Near Historic Jamestown

The Trump administration reversed the Obama administration's position on a more than 7-mile-long line of transmission towers running near Historic Jamestowne and Colonial National Historical Park in Virginia on Thursday by approving the project.
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Note To Interior Staff: The Battle Of Antietam Is Not A Fable

The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest single battle involving United States forces not just during the Civil War but in all American history. It was a day when 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or went missing. There was nothing "fabled" about it, as an Interior Department release described the battlefield.
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More Parks Pushing Fee Increases At Direction Of Interior Secretary

The National Park Service received direction in May that all parks not aligned with their designated fee group, based on park type, must begin civic engagement to raise fees to compliance by 2018, according to one park release. Another cited the Interior Department, and in particular Secretary Ryan Zinke, as the source: “All fee-collecting parks ... have been instructed by the Secretary of the Interior to raise entrance fees to the full level of their assigned tier by January 1, 2018.”
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Head To The Roof Of Saguaro National Park This Summer

Summer in the Sonoran Desert is HOT — as daytime temperatures regularly exceed 100 degrees from May through September — but visitors still have a lot to enjoy at Saguaro National Park, just outside Tucson, Arizona. Desert hiking in extreme heat can be hazardous, but savvy visitors know they can hike early, pace themselves, rest often, and drink at least one gallon of water per person per day — while using sunscreen and wearing a hat with a full brim.
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