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Exploring Winter’s Wonders In The National Park System

It started in mid-September; a few flakes began to flutter across the Crown of the Continent in Glacier National Park. The snow since then has slowly spread east and west, north and south. By January the white mantle likely will cover the whole northern tier of the National Park System, from Acadia west to Olympic, south through Rocky Mountain, into Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountain national parks.
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Senator Says President Trump Will Reduce Size Of National Monuments In Utah

A long anticipated move by President Trump to reduce the size of some national monuments drew near Friday, with a U.S. senator's office saying Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah would be shrunk by the president. Conservationists and some members of Congress immediately responded with outrage and promised legal action.
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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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Secretary Zinke's Positions On National Monuments Link Him More Closely To Pinchot Than Roosevelt

Though he likes to be seen in the image of Theodore Roosevelt, by his actions Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke seems closer to Gifford Pinchot, the country's first chief of the U.S. Forest Service who viewed natural resources as existing to be consumed by people.
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UPDATE: Many Unknowns Surround Interior Secretary's National Monument Recommendations

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision Thursday not to publicly release details of his recommendations to President Trump on the status of 21 national monuments drew strong condemnation and speculation into what he had decided.
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Interior Secretary Says Comments Will Help Form His Recommendations On National Monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday that the more than 1 million comments received on the fate of 27 national monuments will play a role in his recommendations to President Trump on whether the monuments should be revised in size, abolished, or left as is.
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Analysis Of Comments Points To Overwhelming Support For National Monuments

A statistical analysis of comments made on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's charge to review national monuments to determine if some are too big or shouldn't be monuments indicates that 98 percent of the comments are in support of leaving the monuments as they are, or even enlarging them.
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National Parks Traveler's Essential Park Guide