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Complicated Distribution Process Could Further Hamper Secretary Zinke's Approach To Whittling Away The Maintenance Backlog

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to attack the National Park Service's staggering maintenance backlog by significantly raising entrance fees at 17 national parks, but the calculations the Park Service uses to distribute such revenues could further dilute the impact of the not-quite $70 million a year the secretary believes the move would generate.
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Honor Military Sacrifices With A Wreath At Andersonville National Historic Site

Andersonville National Historic Site in Georgia invites you to honor the memory and sacrifices made by our military this holiday season by placing a wreath on a veteran’s grave at Andersonville National Cemetery. You can order a wreath from a local florist and have it delivered directly to the gravesite, bring one in person, or sponsor one through Wreaths Across America.
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Explore Prairie Hollow Gorge At Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Join a National Park Service ranger this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri for a discovery hike at Prairie Hollow Gorge Natural Area. Often called the “Jewel of the Riverways,” the area boasts some of the best panoramic views, glimpses of the geological past and diversity of flora and fauna in the Riverways.
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Some Elk Herds Show Early Signs Of Adapting To Chronic Wasting Disease

Researchers have found that elk herds infected with chronic wasting disease for decades are genetically different than herds that haven’t been exposed to the fatal disease. It all comes down to a specific gene and a relatively rare variant of a protein. Elk herds with a long history of CWD have the rare version of the protein at twice the frequency when compared to herds that do not have CWD.
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Enjoying Winter And Pondering The Relevancy Of National Parks

How relevant are national parks to the American public? Back in 2014, then-Park Service Director Jon Jarvis raised that question in a conversation, explaining that “the challenges that we’re facing on a variety of fronts are symptoms, to me, of a waning relevancy to the American people.” That comment arose as we discussed Congress’s collective shoulder shrug over issues facing the National Park Service.
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Download Your Essential Park Guide Winter 2017-18

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How relevant are national parks to the American public? Back in 2014, then-Park Service Director Jon Jarvis raised that question in a conversation, explaining that “the challenges that we’re facing on a variety of fronts are symptoms, to me, of a waning relevancy to the American people.” That comment arose as we discussed Congress’s collective shoulder shrug over issues facing the National Park Service.
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Senators Push Back Against Interior Secretary's Call For Higher Park Entrance Fees

A dozen U.S. senators want Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to drop his call for higher entrance fees at 17 national parks during the busy season, saying the proposal not only aims to exclude some members of the public from the park system but also comes as he is opening the doors for commercial entities to reap larger profits from public lands.
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National Lakeshore Announces Platte River Mouth Restoration And Access Plan Decision

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Scott Tucker recently announced the issuance of a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Platte River Mouth Restoration and Access Plan/Environmental Assessment . The National Park Service has selected the preferred alternative presented in the EA.
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