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The latest news from around the National Park System.

Antelope Fire in Yellowstone National Park Approaching 4,000 Acres

Back in 1988, the wildfires that were sweeping across Yellowstone National Park largely were doused in early September by an early winter storm. Unfortunately, the current forecast contains no mention of a similar event that might knock down the "Antelope Fire," which is nearly 4,000 acres in size.
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Survey of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitors Points to Need For More Rangers, More Funding, Better Access

Results of a survey of visitors to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore could likely be applied to many units of the National Park System: Those who took the survey said there's a need for more rangers, better funding, and improved access.
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Interior Secretary Salazar Issues "Scientific Integrity" Order

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has issued an order directing the department and all its bureaus, including the National Park Service, to ensure the integrity of science conducted in those agencies. There also is a provision within the order to protect whistle blowers who believe the integrity is lacking.
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Study Shows that Dirty Snow Reduces Colorado River Runoff

Human-produced dust, mostly from grazing and farming, settles on mountain snowpacks in the Upper Colorado River basin and significantly reduces runoff. Eliminating this "dirty snow" phenomenon, which impacts national parks as well as the regional economy, would require a huge reduction in soil-disturbing activities.
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National Park Service Ships Historic Railroad Cars to East Troy Electric Railroad

Railroad buffs are about the most dedicated bunch you can find, flocking to model train shows and to rail yard sidings to glimpse historic engines and rolling stock. Now, thanks to National Park Service efforts, they have a new destination: The East Troy Electric Railroad in Wisconsin where five historic South Shore Railroad Cars have been put back in action.
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Reader Participation Day: Help Us Name the Best Adventures In the National Park System, Lower 48 Edition

What are the best adventures in the National Park System in the Lower 48? For sure, three weeks floating the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park has to be one, and climbing the Grand Teton in its namesake park is another. But then what?
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Bill to Establish a National Historical Park at Coltsville Misfires in the House

A long effort by supporters of a Coltsville National Historical Park in Connecticut hit a roadblock when a bill authorizing the project failed to garner the necessary votes in the House. The congressman for the district promises to try again. What do you think about the idea?
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Grand Teton National Park Officials Plan to Extend Jackson Hole Airport's Lease For 20 Years

One of the most scenic airports in the country is the one surrounded by Grand Teton National Park with its jagged skyline. You'll long be able to enjoy that view into Jackson under a plan endorsed by park officials that will extend the airport's lease on life to mid-century.
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Great Gray Owls in Yosemite National Park Deemed to be Distinct Subspecies

A recent determination that the great gray owls that reside in and around Yosemite National Park are a distinct subspecies is additional evidence that national parks are great, and vital, preserves for wildlife. And it's proof that we still have much to learn about what resides in the parks.
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