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California State Park Managers Oppose Agency Director

The 125-member California State Parks Peace Officer Management Association sent a letter to the governor's office last week expressing disapproval of Ruth Coleman, who has been serving as state parks director for nearly a decade.
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Caverns employees react to Loop Fire scenario

CARLSBAD — It was business as usual on Wednesday night at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, but there is view different. A fire that started at the park Monday and deemed 70 percent contained by officials has scarred and blackened the landscape leading up to the park’s Visitor Center and bat flight amphitheater. Over 30,000...
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Colorado State Parks board OKs Christo project

Colorado State Parks | A plan by the artist Christo to drape panels over the Arkansas River in August 2014 received approval Friday from the Colorado State Parks Board at a meeting in Eagle.
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Colorado State Parks Will Be Open

News |Colorado State Parks | Attracting nearly 12 million visitors per year, Colorado's 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado's economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,531 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks is a leader in...
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Deception Pass State Park host Native American Celebration

News | The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to the fifth annual Salish Sea Native American Culture Celebration (formerly called the Native American Culture Celebration) with the Samish and Swinomish Tribes at Deception Pass State Park on Fidalgo Island, near Oak Harbor.
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Defend What’s Yours—Your State Parks

California state parks belong to you, but not for long. Six months from now 25 percent of your parks will be closed unless you step up to defend them.
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Discovery Pass Required for State Parks

Washington | Visitors to Washington’s state parks and recreation lands are now required to purchase and display a Discovery Pass for vehicle and water access to sites managed by the Washington state Parks and Recreation Commission, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The requirement...
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Emergency rescue at Sequoia National Park

A Squaw Valley hiker had to be rescued this week at Sequoia National Park after falling through a snow bridge into the icy cold creek below, park authorities said.  The woman, 52, was found by hikers three hours later suffering from hypothermia, but was able to walk away from the scene. Park officials declined...
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Entire Going-to-the-Sun Road Projected to Open

Entire Going-to-the-Sun Road Projected to Open | Glacier National Park | Glacier National Park officials announce that the Going-to-the-Sun Road (Sun Road) will open across Logan Pass to motorized vehicle traffic mid-day Thursday, June 24, 2010, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Park officials report that this is the earliest opening of Logan Pass since 2006...
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Fort Monroe in Virginia one step closer to becoming National Park

Fort Monroe, Virginia | James Webb and Mark Warner introduced the Fort Monroe National Historical Park Establishment Act of 2011 on Wednesday. The measure would “establish a national park presence at the fort to preserve historic and natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations,”
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Georgia proposes new fees to ride bikes at State Parks

Georgia State officials might soon start charging cyclists to ride on trails at three state parks in north Georgia.
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Heavy winds blow cyclist off road in Rocky Mountain National Park

A 30-year-old man from Toronto, Canada, was injured Thursday while riding his bicycle along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. About 1 p.m. Thursday, park rangers were notified that the man had been blown over on his bicycle in heavy wind, officials said in a Rocky Mountain National Park news release. A...
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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar suggests mining ban in Grand Canyon

The Obama administration has recommended banning new uranium mines for as long as 20 years on about 1 million acres of federal land near Grand Canyon National Park in northwestern Arizona.
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Lewis and Clark Caverns Announces June Promotion

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, the magical place many Montanans may remember from a school tour long ago, has declared June “Family Month.” The park will offer guided tours at $20 for a family of four. “ We’d like to see parents share the unforgettable experience of a Lewis & Clark caverns tour...
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Man killed by grizzly at Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park | A man out on a hike with his wife in Yellowstone National Park's back-country was killed by a female grizzly bear after the couple apparently surprised the bear and its cubs Wednesday
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Mayo River State Park to Hold Special Event for Community, Park Supporters

News | Mayo River State Park, Mayodan, NC | People will have an opportunity to tour Mayo River State Park’s new facilities and meet the park staff during a “meet and greet” event at the park in Rockingham County on June 5, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
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Minnesota State Parks: Closed!

Minnesota | Thousands who flock to Minnesota state parks had to pack up their 4th of July campsites and go elsewhere. And it couldn't have happened at a worse time: one of their busiest weekends of the year!
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Most Swimming Beaches Open In Missouri State Parks

Missouri state park officials have reopened several state swimming beaches that were closed because of bacteria.
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Mount Rainier National Park opens for summer activities

Mount Rainier National Park | Washington | The road to Sunrise, located on Mount Rainier's northeast corner, will open Friday, July 1, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, and there are plenty of summer time activities to enjoy.
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N.C. state parks are still open, still free, despite budget cuts

North Carolina's state parks limp this week into a new budget year with a 25 percent cut from the legislature.
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National Get Outdoors Day June 12, 2010

National Get Outdoors Day – June 12, 2010 Participants from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry are again teaming up to host the second annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation. On Saturday, June 12, these diverse partners will offer opportunities...
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National Park Service wants to further restrict flights over Grand Canyon

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service wants to cut the annual number of tourist flights over the Grand Canyon by 30 percent, one of several proposals aimed at reducing aircraft noise heard on the ground. Air tour companies said current noise-reduction efforts are working and that increasing restrictions would mean a big loss of tourism dollars. “In this...
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Negotiations under way to save crafter’s space

Led by Gerry Hope and Isabella Brady, the respective presidents of the local Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood camps, members of the local Tlingit community and others called on the Park Service to reinstate the cultural center, which has housed Native carvers, artists and other cultural exhibits for more than 40 years....
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New Mexico: Fire shuts Carlsbad Caverns National Park

A brush and grass fire burning in steep, rugged terrain has forced the closure of Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico. Park Supt. John Benjamin said he was optimistic that the park would reopen Thursday morning. Visitors with reservations for ranger-guided tours (Hall of the White Giant, Kings Palace, Left Hand Tunnel,...
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NPS Oil Spill Response

News | National Park Service | As of May 24, 2010, the National Park Service has two incident management teams deployed to respond to potential oil impacts in the Gulf. Additionally, National Park Service employees are supporting the response both at the scene of the oil spill and from across the country as subject...
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Number of visitors to state parks have tripled in past 30 years

New Jersey State Parks | Officials believe higher gasoline prices and a tough economy are driving an increase in the number of visitors to New Jersey's state parks.
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Oklahoma state parks offer refuge, relaxation during holiday season

Oklahoma State Parks offers gift certificates that are a special treat that can be used now or later. The certificates can be used for recreational vehicle or tent camping in a state park any time of year.
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Overdue hiker rescued in Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. – William (Billy) Driscoll was found Saturday as the National Park Service and the Coconino County Sheriff’s office, with the assistance of the Department of Public Safety, made plans to ramp up search efforts. Late in the evening on Wednesday, rangers in Grand Canyon National Park received notification that 64-year old...
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Report Warns of Myriad Threats, Neglected Cultural Resources in US Parks

A group report, warns that adjacent residential, commercial and industrial developments threaten air, water and noise pollution and fragmented wildlife habitats for the National Park Service's nearly 400 parks and other attractions.
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Reserve Now! Minnesota State Park reservations for 2012

Those planning to pitch a tent or park an RV at a Minnesota state park have just a few days left to book their favorite campsites for 2012, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
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Rumblings from South Dakota could affect some fulltime RV folk

South Dakota is one of the states popular with fulltime RVers. Not so much for making visits there, but with no state income tax and low fees on vehicle registrations, some fulltimers make the Mount Rushmore State their legal domicile. Now, according to a local paper, state authorities are asking questions that are making...
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Saguaro National Park reopens; Coronado may reopen tomorrow

As of today, Saguaro National Park and all of the trails have been reopened and the temporary fire restrictions have been lifted.
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Say Goodbye to Bothersome Bugs on Your Campsite Using a Water Bag

The main principle behind the insects going away is refraction. Refraction is the bending of light when it travels from one medium to the other (air and water in this case). The refraction of light causes insects to have multiple visions. This causes confusion to arise in insects, and ultimately they experience multiple directions...
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Shenandoah National Park marks 75 years with celebration

Shenandoah National Park | Virginia | The 75th anniversary of Shenandoah National Park and rededication ceremony at Big Meadows along Skyline Drive’s milepost 51.
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State Budget Cuts Slash into Summer Fun

Budget cuts in Massachusetts have forced many state and local parks and recreation programs to scale back or find creative ways to maintain services
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State considers camping, RV sites on Honeymoon Island

Honeymoon Island State Park offers people a chance to relax on its beaches, hike along its trails and view numerous species of birds in their natural habitat.
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State Parks works with county on rails and trails, and rest stop projects

The Port of Tillamook Bay, which owns the rail line and its right-of-way, announced in late November, 2011 that it is interested in partnering with OPRD to determine the feasibility of a rails-to-trails project in Tillamook County and also whether it would be possible to do a “rails-and-trails” project.
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State Shutdown Would Freeze DNR, Close State Parks

Minnesota | A shutdown of Minnesota state government would suspend virtually all services and divisions within Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources.
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The Great Prosser Balloon Rally 2012

 The Great Prosser Balloon Rally 2012 was held September 27, 28, and 29th 2012.    Balloon pilots from across the Northwestern United States converged on Prosser, Washington to participate in The 24th Annual Great Prosser Balloon Rally.  What a spectacular event!  Pilots begin their launch from the Prosser airport around 6:15am.  Spectators are encouraged to...
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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Might Charge For Camping

Great Smoky Mountains National Park | May have to start charging campers at some point in time. That time may be here very soon.
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Thirteen Arizona State Parks Campgrounds OPEN and Ten Historic/Environmental State Parks OPEN

Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of rural communities, thirteen of Arizona's State "camping" Parks in News | Arizona State Parks | Arizona will be OPEN this summer and will provide many opportunities for Memorial Day 2010 campers. Ten historic and environmental parks will also be open. State Parks such as Lyman Lake near Springerville,...
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Top 10 US National Parks

Top 10 U.S. National Parks Acadia National Park, Maine: This 190 km2 park is known for its mountains, coastal scenery and variety of mammals and marine species. Zion National Park, Utah: This 590 km2 park is known for its stark, red sandstone formations, from natural rock arches to the Zion Canyon. Yosemite National Park,...
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Trail Ridge Road Opens for 2010 Season

News | Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opened this morning, May 28. Park rangers anticipate that the road will likely be closed overnight through the weekend, due to melting and freezing temperatures at night causing thick layers of ice.
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Vermont beaches to reopen for holiday

Vermont | Water continues to recede along Lake Champlain, revealing mud, debris, and the opportunity for a nice day at the beach, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend.
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Washington State Discover Pass

Beginning July 1, 2011, you will need to display the Discover Pass on your vehicle when visiting state recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington.
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Weekend promotes camping in Missouri state parks

Missouri State Parks | On Aug. 26-28, anyone who camps two nights in any of 10 selected state park campgrounds will receive a coupon for a free night of camping on their next visit to any Missouri state park campground.
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What? New state park pass actually costs more than $30

Many users are surprised that Washington State's Discovery Pass actually costs more than $30, the amount approved by the Legislature this spring.
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Why Camping Makes The Ultimate Family Vacation

Have you been considering taking your next family vacation soon? If you are, have you already decided what you would like to do or where you would like to go? For an alternative idea on a family vacation why not consider going camping for your next trip. Camping is a fun and healthy way...
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Wildfire changes landscape at national park in NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Visitors are returning to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, but gone are the postcard-like vistas along its main highway. A fast-moving wildfire reduced many of the spiny cactus pads and leggy ocotillo plants that lined the canyon to ash. “It looks very different. It’s very black,” Paula Bauer, a park management...
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Wildfires prompt evacuations at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Wildfires burning for nearly two weeks in Arizona and New Mexico have threatened several historical sites, the latest being Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.
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