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Interior Secretary Says Contractors, If Needed, Should Help Reduce Fuel Loads On Public Lands

If federal land managers, including those in the National Park Service, don't have the resources to reduce fuel loads in their forests, then private contractors should be hired to do the job, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday.
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National Park Service Assessing Hurricane Irma Damage To Parks In Florida, Caribbean

National Park Service storm response personnel Tuesday were either working on cleanup or en route to parks to begin assessing damage in the wake of Hurricane Irma. All employees in affected parks, except for Everglades National Park, were accounted for and safe, the agency said.
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Photography In The National Parks: An Armchair Photography Guide To Mount Rainier National Park – Part 1: Sunrise

After completing a couple of articles using photos from my early July trip to Mount Rainier National Park, I realized I'd amassed enough material for another Armchair Photography Guide, with the caveat that I haven't made it to all the stops nor through all the trails in this 369-square-mile national park. I do, however, have enough information to get you started on capturing your own great images during a visit to Mount Rainier.
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Volunteer At Upper Delaware Scenic And Recreation River On Public Lands Day

Looking to volunteer in the National Park System? On September 30, National Public Lands Day, there will be myriad opportunities. One will be at Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River in Pennsylvania and New York. On that day, the park staff will be hosting a park-wide volunteer event that will focus on maintaining the park’s treasured natural and historical resources.
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Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park And The Evolution Of An American Cultural Icon

While many consider Yellowstone National Park as iconic for its nature, 30 years’ experience of this “wonderlandscape” has led John Clayton to conclude that “Ultimately Yellowstone was [is] a cultural place.” How is this so? While not denying the significance of the natural wonders and beauty of the park, Clayton makes the case that over its 145-year history Yellowstone has achieved status greater than other national parks “by the accumulation of our experiences and values and social interactions – by our culture.”
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Celebrate Fall Harvest At Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Mountain Farm Museum

The annual Mountain Life Festival at the Mountain Farm Museum in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is scheduled for this coming Saturday. The event continues to preserve the legacy of Appalachian folkways and is a tribute to the many families who lived on lands that would later become the national park.
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