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Long, Slow Recovery Predicted For Some National Parks In Caribbean

Damage inflicted by the one-two punch of Hurricanes Irma and Maria could keep Virgin Islands National Park virtually closed for six months to a year, according to the National Park Service's Caribbean superintendent. When the five other parks in the Caribbean reopen depends largely on when the islands' power grids are restored and fuel becomes available, he added.
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Help The National Park Trust Help The Appalachian National Scenic Trail

If you've seen the pristine waters and lush terrain at Maine’s Bald Mountain Pond, you’d understand why National Park Trust has been working with The Trust for Public Land on the acquisition of an adjacent 1,527-acre parcel of old-growth woodland to benefit the National Park Service’s Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
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Disposable Plastic Water Bottle Ban In National Parks Cut 2 Million Bottles From Waste Stream...Maybe

A ban on the sale of disposable plastic water bottles in national parks prevented upwards of 2 million 16-ounce bottles from entering the waste stream on an annual basis, according to a National Park Service study, though, curiously, at the same time the veracity of the report was called into question by the agency.
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Interior Secretary Draws Ire For Saying One-Third Of His Employees Are Disloyal

In sports parlance it's called an unforced error. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made one the other day when he was captured stating that roughly one-third of his vast workforce is not loyal to him or President Trump. The comment quickly was condemned, including by some who wagered that the percentage was much higher.
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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Launches Accessible Virtual Tours Of Historic Buildings

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska, has launched new virtual reality tours of park buildings. Now you can explore some of Skagway’s most significant historic buildings from home. Enjoy a stroll through the park museum, experience the fascinating Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum, and see how a pioneer family lived at the Moore House.
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Mark The 60th Anniversary Of Sputnik At Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

“Beep. Beep. Beep.” The signal from the Soviet satellite known as Sputnik terrified Americans in the fall of 1957 and changed the world. If the Russians could put a satellite into space, it stood to reason that they could launch a nuclear missile to the United States.
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Friends Of The Smokies Awarded Grant To Promote Bear Safety On A.T.

Friends of the Smokies and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will continue their partnership to assist Great Smoky Mountains National Park with proactive bear management. The ATC’s North Carolina specialty license plate grant program awarded Friends of the Smokies $4,000 to support repairs of food storage cables at campsites and shelters along the Smokies stretch of the Appalachian Trail.
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