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Species Spotlight: Kit Fox

kit foxOften overshadowed by more well-known foxes, such as red or gray foxes, the kit fox deserves its moment to shine in this month’s species spotlight.

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Nevada's Back Country Byways

March 27, 2012, 6:36 am
California Trail Back Country Byway The byway begins 25 miles north of Wells off Hwy 93 and traverses 96 miles of gravel roads in extreme northeastern Elko County. More than 40 miles of the route from the Winecup Ranch to Little Goose Creek parallels the California National Historic Trail. Trail ...

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Gateway Arch in St. Louis has Western Fun for the Family

When visiting St. Louis, one of the first tourist stops is the famous Gateway Arch—a symbol that’s become synonymous with the city. But the arch is more than just a cool architectural attraction and photo opportunity; it also has special events throughout the year.

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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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Species Spotlight: Chuckwalla

March 9, 2012, 11:05 am
One thing you can almost always count on finding in the desert (besides an arid climate) is a lizard. Cold-blooded lizards are made for the hot temperatures and blazing sun. The unique chuckwalla is no exception. Chuckwallas, or “chucks” for short, are close relatives of the iguana. Growing up ...

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Backcountry Fees Coming to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

March 7, 2012, 11:06 am
by Kurt Repanshek, National Parks Traveler Those who head off into the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a night or two will have to pay for the privilege beginning in 2013 under a plan approved by the National Park Service. The proposal, which has drawn a fair amount ...

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Amtrak Vacations 2012 Escorted Rail Programs

Traveling by train is one of the best ways to see the picturesque landscapes of our national parks and public lands. Relax on a smooth ride and glance out the large windows for amazing views as halting mountain ranges, rolling hills and open prairies pass by.

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Is it legal to remove dead scorro cactus from the desert
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Yes, it's illegal to remove elements from the eco-system of a National Park Service unit.  In nature, everything is interconnected, even in death.  As John Muir famously said, "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."  The cacti are a food source and provide nutrients to the soil.  I spoke to a ranger once about the rules prohibiting removal of fallen dear/elk antlers, which are shed each year by the animals.  I learned that the calcium in the antlers were a food source for small rodents, which in turn are eaten by increasingly larger animals.  All part of the circle of life.  So please don't remove dead cacti or other element from our parks.  Thanks!

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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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National Kids to Parks Day New Scholarship Contest

The annual National Kids to Parks Day (KTP) is set for Saturday, May 19, 2012. KTP is a nation-wide day organized by National Park Trust (NTP) to encourage kids and families to go outside and explore their nearby natural surroundings.  More than 15,000 families in almost 200 towns participated in the family-friendly day last year.

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