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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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