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UPDATE: 13-Story-Tall Slab Of Rock Calves Off El Capitan, Kills One In Yosemite National Park

For the second day in a row Thursday a massive slab of rock peeled from the face of El Capitan and fell to the floor of the Yosemite Valley. This rockfall, though larger than the one Wednesday that killed a British citizen, resulted in no fatalities but did injure one, Yosemite National Park officials said.
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Venture Capitalists, Businesses Urge Secretary Zinke To Drop Monument Recommendations

A group of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs that views public lands as a valuable quality-of-life issue for employees is urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to scrap his recommendations to shrink the boundaries of national monuments or allow for resource extraction in them, saying preservation of monuments is "critical" for corporate success.
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Paving Work Scheduled For Gros Ventre/Kelly Road In Grand Teton National Park

Paving work on the erosion-affected segment of the Gros Ventre/Kelly Road, which will include a two-week daytime closure, will begin Monday, October 2. RJS Construction, Inc., based out of Yakima, Washington, will establish two paved lanes of travel around the eroded section and provide additional stabilization to the river bank. Work is anticipated to be conducted through November 21, or as weather conditions allow.
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Op-Ed | The Shared Experience of National Public Lands Day

For more than a decade, I have had the privilege to witness and participate in the wonderfully communal experience of National Public Lands Day (NPLD). On this exhilarating day, Americans from all walks of life, families, and neighbors, work side-by-side to give back to the parks and open spaces that give them so much. Now in its 24th year, National Public Lands Day consistently shows that the spirit of good will is alive and well.
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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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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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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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