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Improvements Coming To Boardwalk And Viewing Decks At New River Gorge National River

The National Park Service has received funds to replace the boardwalk system at Canyon Rim Visitor Center in New River Gorge National River in West Virginia. The boardwalk and associated viewing decks are relatively easily accessible from the parking lot and offer scenic views of the iconic New River Gorge Bridge, as well as views into the river gorge itself.
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Muir Woods National Monument To Get Better Parking, Transit System

Work won't start for two years, but the National Park Service has completed environmental compliance for a project to improve parking, transit, and visitor access to Muir Woods National Monument just north of San Francisco. The Muir Woods Sustainable Access Project is expected to enhance safety, visitor experience, and protection of park resources through the reorganization of parking areas, optimization of traffic flow, and redesign of the visitor entry plaza.
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NASA And National Park Service To Present Briefings On Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the nation on August 21. Representatives from NASA, the National Park Service, other federal agencies and science organizations will provide important viewing safety, travel, and science information during two briefings at the Newseum in Washington starting at 1 p.m. EDT on June 21.
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4,000-Ton Rockslide Closes El Portal Road Into Yosemite National Park Through Weekend

For the second time this year, forces of nature and gravity have blocked one of the primary access routes to Yosemite National Park, with El Portal Road (Highway 140) closed at least through this weekend after a rockslide covered 150 feet of the road under up to 20 feet of debris.
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Interior Secretary Calls For Reduction In Size Of Bears Ears National Monument

Bears Ears National Monument is unnecessarily large, according to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has recommended to President Trump that the monument be reduced in size. How much of a reduction in acreage remains to be determined, the secretary told reporters Monday.
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Interior Secretary Zinke: NPS Staff Can Clean Restrooms, But Not Manage Campgrounds

What exactly is Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's vision of the National Park Service in years to come? That's a pertinent question not only in light of the Trump administration's directive that Interior shed $1.5 billion from its budget for the coming fiscal year, and cut nearly 1,250 full-time positions from the Park Service, but also because of the secretary's view of the skill set of Park Service employees.
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