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Note To Interior Staff: The Battle Of Antietam Is Not A Fable

The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest single battle involving United States forces not just during the Civil War but in all American history. It was a day when 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or went missing. There was nothing "fabled" about it, as an Interior Department release described the battlefield.
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More Parks Pushing Fee Increases At Direction Of Interior Secretary

The National Park Service received direction in May that all parks not aligned with their designated fee group, based on park type, must begin civic engagement to raise fees to compliance by 2018, according to one park release. Another cited the Interior Department, and in particular Secretary Ryan Zinke, as the source: “All fee-collecting parks ... have been instructed by the Secretary of the Interior to raise entrance fees to the full level of their assigned tier by January 1, 2018.”
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Musings From Craters Of The Moon National Monument And Preserve

I headed up to Idaho to scout out a spot to watch the Great Total Eclipse of the Sun on August 21. Depending upon who you talk to, there is either fear or anxious anticipation about that coming event. Speculation (probably well founded) has it that millions of people will make a mass migration across the country and around the world as a band of blackness shoots across all of America from Oregon to Florida.
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Head To The Roof Of Saguaro National Park This Summer

Summer in the Sonoran Desert is HOT — as daytime temperatures regularly exceed 100 degrees from May through September — but visitors still have a lot to enjoy at Saguaro National Park, just outside Tucson, Arizona. Desert hiking in extreme heat can be hazardous, but savvy visitors know they can hike early, pace themselves, rest often, and drink at least one gallon of water per person per day — while using sunscreen and wearing a hat with a full brim.
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