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The latest news from around the National Park System.

Treasures Of The National Parks: Yesterday & Today

There have been many times as I have visited a national park over the years that I have wondered how the landscape has changed. What was it like in a world before walkways, hotels, gift shops and parking lots? How would it have been to visit Yellowstone before it was a wildlife reserve; the Grand Canyon when it was more of an obstacle than a wonder of the world; Yosemite when you had it to yourself?
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Anacostia Park Planning Events To Mark Century Anniversary

Local organizations, District of Columbia, state agencies, and the National Park Service staff have joined forces to launch the Year of the Anacostia. The Year of the Anacostia is a yearlong invitation to honor history, celebrate progress and enjoy the Anacostia River and its surroundings while envisioning an inspiring future.
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Interior Secretary Vigorously Defends Actions On National Monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday vigorously defended the Trump administration's move to reduce by 2 million acres the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments in Utah, saying previous presidents greatly misused their authority under The Antiquities Act. The secretary, in response to a reporter's question, also called Patagonia officials liars for their claim that President Trump "stole your land."
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National Christmas Tree Lighting Festivities Continue At President’s Park

Throughout the month of December, join friends and family on the Ellipse in President’s Park in Washington, D.C., to enjoy musical entertainment and visit the 56 state and territory trees along the Pathway of Peace. All holiday activities are free and open to the public. The park will host daily performances December 6 through Dec. 21, and the National Christmas Tree will remain lit daily from dusk to midnight through January 1.
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James A. Garfield National Historic Site Receives National Underground Railroad Network To Freedom Site Designation

The James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Ohio has been designated as a contributing site on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. This determination has been made based on the significant contribution the site makes to the understanding of the Underground Railroad in American history.
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UPDATE: President Trump Issues Proclamation To Shrink National Monuments, Tees Off Legal Battle

A handful of hours after President Trump on Monday issued a proclamation to chop 1 million acres off the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah a lawsuit was filed to prevent that from happening. Other groups were expected to file a similar lawsuit over the president's move to reduce Bears Ears National Monument, also in Utah, by 1 million acres.
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Pew Opposes Surge Pricing For Park Entrance Fees, Proposes Other Options

The National Park Service should not move to surge pricing techniques at 17 parks in a bid to address the park system's maintenance backlog, but look at options such as charging international visitors more and moving to daily entrance fees instead of weekly, according to officials at The Pew Charitable Trusts working to wipe out the backlog.
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Parks Canada Announces Free Admission For Youths 17 And Under Starting In 2018

After waiving entrances fees at all of its parks throughout 2017 to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary, Parks Canada announced Thursday that all youths 17 and under will be granted free admission to its national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas starting in 2018.
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National Park Service Construction Projects To Be Delayed To Pay For Repairs To Arlington Memorial Bridge

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday afternoon announced a $227 million plan to make critical repairs to the Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C. While he said the project as bid will save taxpayers $35 million, it also will take a quarter of the National Park Service's annual construction fund budget and lead to delays in construction projects elsewhere in the National Park System.
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How To Spend A Winter's Day At Craters Of The Moon National Monument And Preserve

Winter is coming, and the staff at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho is looking forward to some snowy fun. As snow accumulates the loop drive is closed to automobile travel and groomed for skiing and snowshoeing. If you're wondering what you can do at the monument this winter, read on.
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National Parks Traveler's Essential Park Guide