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OIG: Women Harassed In Yellowstone National Park's Maintenance Division

A "good old boy system" that spewed inappropriate comments and behaviors toward female coworkers existed in the Maintenance Division at Yellowstone National Park, according to an investigation, which also found that the atmosphere continued "because of the actions, or inaction, of supervisors."
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Delays In Seasonal Hirings Affect Hours At Zion National Park Visitor Center And Museum

A hiring freeze implemented by the Trump administration that has been slow to thaw has forced Zion National Park officials in Utah to delay the usual extension of operating hours for the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and Human History Museum until month's end.
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Good Books For Visiting...Mount Rainier National Park

There's nothing like a good book or two to help you prepare for a national park visit, whether you're looking for some historical background, a trail or two to hike, or interested in the natural resources or local culture. With that in mind, here are a few titles you might consider in preparation of a visit to Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state.
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Two Rivers In The National Park System Among "Most Endangered" For 2017

Two glorious rivers in the National Park System – the Buffalo, America’s very first national river, and the Middle Fork of the Flathead, which races along Glacier National Park’s southern border – have the inglorious distinction of being among American Rivers' Most Endangered Rivers® for 2017.
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Plans To Improve Salmon Habitat At Muir Woods National Monument Open For Public Comment

In a bid to improve habitat for endangered Coho salmon that use Redwood Creek in Muir Woods National Monument, the National Park Service is proposing to rebuild bridges that cross the stream, create deeper pools for rearing habitat, and revegetate sections to improve cover for fish.
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Wetlands Restoration Work Proposed For Four Eastern National Park Units

The National Park Service is seeking public comment on its plan to restore wetland areas at Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia, and Monocacy National Battlefield in Maryland.
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OIG: Former Yosemite National Park Superintendent Had Brusk Management Style

A former Yosemite National Park superintendent accused of overseeing a hostile, biased work environment had a brusk management style that "may have contributed to what some Yosemite employees perceived as inappropriate behavior," according to the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General.
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Joshua Tree National Park Makes It Easier To Report Vandalism

Joshua Tree National Park, as well as many other parks across the country, has experienced a notable increase in visitation in recent years. With that increase also means an increase of graffiti and acts of intentional vandalism within the park. With that in mind, park officials are making it easier for you to report vandalism in the park.
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Colorado River Trail Reopens At Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park trail crew have been able to repair a section of the Colorado River Trail damaged by a rockslide. The trail between Pipe Creek and Silver Bridge is now open to foot traffic, though it remains closed to stock use. Hikers can access Phantom Ranch via the Bright Angel Trail and the South Kaibab Trail.
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At Least One Mountain Lion Kitten Born In Santa Monica Mountains

While roadkills have impacted the number of mountain lions in and around Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California, those are offset at times by the arrival of kittens. This week the park staff has announced a new litter of at least one kitten, though there's concern the parents are related.
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Mountain Man: John Colter, The Lewis & Clark Expedition, And The Call Of The American West

John Colter is one of the icons of the American West, at the leading edge of the mountain man era of exploration of the United States west of the Mississippi River. Some might even view him as the leader of the era, tackling the unknown West much as Daniel Boone had in the East decades earlier. Indeed, the two frontiersmen likely swapped stories of their adventures, as they lived closed to one another in their retiring years.
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Work Ongoing To Repair Big Oak Flat Road At Yosemite National Park

One reason the National Park Service has such a hard time reducing its maintenance backlog is the fact that very little stands still in a national park environment. At Yosemite National Park in California, for instance, slippage that damaged a section of the Big Oak Flat Road has kept crews working, and maintenance costs escalating, since late February.
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