Preservation

Zion Packing Tip: Bring a Reusable Water Bottle

To reduce waste, the sale of disposable plastic water bottles is prohibited in Zion Canyon. Help with this initiative by bringing a reusable water bottle with you and using it after you leave. There are several water bottle filling stations located throughout the park at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, ...

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National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. Celebrates 100 Years

March 12, 2012, 11:34 am
The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. is going above and beyond this spring to mark 100 years of beautiful blooms. This year the festival is extending from two weeks to six weeks from March 20 to April 27. The projected 2012 Peak Bloom—when 70 percent of the flowers ...

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The mystery of Death Valley's missing pupfish

March 12, 2012, 8:02 am
The Devil's Hole pupfish is arguably one of the cooler species around. These tiny iridescent blue fish, just a bit over an inch long, live in one place only, a deep pool in the Amargosa Valley of west Nevada, in a place called Ash Meadows, an outpost of California's ...

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Friends of the Smokies license tags available again

February 21, 2012, 11:32 am
North Carolina motorists can once again show their support for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a license tag featuring the familiar black bear. “We’re excited that the bear is back,” said Holly Demuth, North Carolina director of Friends of the Smokies. New sales of the popular Friends of the ...

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Bald eagles return to Cuyahoga Valley National Park

February 8, 2012, 10:46 am
Bald eagles are back in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The park reported that two adult birds were spotted Monday engaged in nesting activities in the Pinery Narrows area north of state Route 82 between Summit and Cuyahoga counties, and the immediate area around the nest is again off limits ...

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New national monument could add to Great Basin’s scenic spaces

February 8, 2012, 10:42 am
On a quiet swath of land in Morongo Valley, wildflowers, boulders and sky stretch for miles. Water trickles down a hill, coating the pebbles below with moss. The Little Morongo Canyon area is designated as federal wilderness area, but its designation leaves it vulnerable to competing interests. Conservationists and a slew ...

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Celebrate African American History Month at National Lands

Martin Luther King, Jr. National MonumentHonor African American History Month in the best way possible. Learn about places and people significant to African American history through stories directly from the lands.

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Richmond National Battlefield Park Will Expand

February 3, 2012, 6:53 am
By Virginia Business Federal funds totaling $4 million will be used to expand Richmond National Battlefield Park by 385 acres. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced plans for the park expansion at a town hall meeting in Richmond examining the importance of the area’s history in attracting tourists. Virginia is ...

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Park Service seeks ways to preserve Oregon Trail ruts

February 2, 2012, 2:19 pm
History can be hard to preserve, especially when the history — a scarred landscape — has been exposed to the elements for more than 140 years. The National Park Service is trying to address the challenge of protecting and interpreting the Oregon Trail. There's little doubt, however, that eventually, nature ...

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Oracle State Park Reopens

January 30, 2012, 7:30 am
by Ron DunganThe Arizona Republic Celebrate the reopening of Oracle State Park with a free day of guided bird walks, Kannally ranch-house tours, speakers and other attractions on Saturday, Feb. 4. State lawmakers closed the park two years ago because of budget cuts. Several other state parks also were closed or ...

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