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Valles Caldera National Preserve Approves Road Race Despite Last Year's Bear Mauling

Less than a year after a runner in a road race was mauled by a black bear in Valles Caldera National Preserve, park officials have approved another road race through the park in northern New Mexico. And it is scheduled to be held when black bears are with new cubs and elk are calving and overly sensitive to human disturbances.

UPDATED: Body Of Teen Swept Away In Middle Fork Of Kaweah River At Sequoia National Park Recovered

Searchers on Monday afternoon recovered the body of a teenager who fell into the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River in Sequoia National Park. Park officials said Tomas Martinez, 18, of Woodlake, California, was with friends in the park when he fell into the river on Sunday.

Man Fined $1,000 For Illegal Possession Of Wildlife, Taking Petrified Wood From Petrified Forest National Park

A North Carolina man with a hankering for wildlife and petrified wood has been fined $1,000 after rangers at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona found 35 pounds of petrified wood and a trash bag with wings of birds protected by the Migratory Bird Act in his vehicle.

Lottery Opens Today For Tickets To View Synchronous Fireflies At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the dates for firefly viewing in Elkmont. Shuttle service to the viewing area will be provided on Tuesday, May 30, through Tuesday, June 6. All visitors wishing to view the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont must have a parking pass distributed through the lottery system at

Rocky Mountain National Park's Moraine Park Campground To Close Temporarily For Water Line Repairs

Moraine Park Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park will be closed at noon on Tuesday, May 2, for a major water line system improvement project, and will reopen by Thursday, May 25. Aspenglen Campground, which normally opens in late May, will open early, beginning May 1, to provide camping opportunities on the east side of the park.

New Visitor Hub At Acadia National Park

There's a new visitor hub at Acadia National Park in Maine, where some of the visitor services offered in the past at park headquarters are moving to the Hulls Cove Visitor Center from May 1 through October 31. The NPS will direct visitors seeking park information and entrance passes to the Hulls Cove Visitor Center to avoid the confusion and congestion of park headquarters during the summer and fall.

Trump's Executive Order On National Monuments And Antiquities Act Generates Widespread Pushback

Within hours after President Trump affixed his signature to an executive order directing the Interior secretary to review the Antiquities Act and nearly two dozen national monuments created since 1996, there was pushback from conservation and environmental groups, politicians, corporations, and stakeholders from around the country. If the president and Secretary Ryan Zinke were concerned about a lack of input on the monument designations, they're hearing plenty now.

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