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Students Track Pollinators And Water Quality At Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Whether it’s surveying bees and butterflies or collecting river samples, national park rangers can always use an extra pair of hands. At Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, youths with Mosaics in Science and the American Conservation Experience helped park biologists this summer with multiple science programs.
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National Park Service Will Offer Buyouts To ‘A Number Of Employees’

Already burdened by chronic staff shortages, low morale, an $11.3 billion maintenance backlog, and claims of disloyalty by the Interior secretary, the National Park Service will soon ask “a number of employees” to accept voluntary early retirement, according to a memo obtained by the Traveler.
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National Park Service Accepting Proposals For The Save America’s Treasures Grant Program

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is now accepting applications for $5 million in matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save America’s Treasures program.
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Poll Says Higher Park Fees Will Hurt Attendance, Study Says Gateway Communities Would Suffer

While polling shows strong opposition to a proposal to increase entrance fees to 17 national parks, and that more than 60 percent of Americans might skip a park visit if fees increase, a study shows higher entrance fees likely would hurt gateway communities to the parks.
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In Washington State, We LOVE Our Wild… And We LOVE Our Trails

The folks at Washington's National Park Fund love the idea of wild in Washington State. For over 100 years, Washingtonians have hiked, climbed and picnicked at Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades national parks. But trails aren’t wild; they’re created and maintained by people, especially when nature takes its toll.
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Reader Survey Day: What Would You Like To Read About In 2018?

With more than 400 units in the National Park System, there's always something that deserves to be written about on a daily basis here at the Traveler. And while we'll continue to work to provide diverse content as much as possible, we'd also like to know what stories specifically you'd like to read about in 2018.
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Winter Programs Getting Under Way At North Cascades Institute

As snow falls in the North Cascades of Washington state and the highway closes for another winter, life is slower and quieter at the Environmental Learning Center at the North Cascades Institute. After a busy summer and fall of teaching, the institute's naturalists are off for a well-earned break, some upriver staff head out on furlough, but learning continues at the organization's campus on Diablo Lake.
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Everglades National Park Among 17 Sites Worldwide With Critical Conservation Outlook

Urbanization, agricultural runoff, and water management in South Florida along with climate change and invasive species have combined to create a cocktail of threats to Everglades National Park, placing it among 17 natural World Heritage Sites deemed to have a “critical” conservation outlook by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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