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Ranger at Virgin Islands NP: park suffered "total devastation" from Hurricane Irma

A report from Virgin Islands National Park in the wake of Hurricane Irma describes the island of St. John as suffering "total devastation."

The report, relayed through a ranger at Biscayne National Park, was from a ranger at Virgin Islands.

Coming next summer, a complete makeover of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

When St. Louis citizens witnessed the opening ceremonies for the city’s famous Arch in 1967, it was billed as a monument to westward expansion. Next summer, when a redesign of the parklands surrounding the famous monument have their grand opening, the focus will be squarely on the city and how its evolved.

Dropoff in park visitation after last year's USNPS centennial? Not at Zion NP

Zion National Park remains on pace to set a new record for visitors this year after getting through Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer.

Editorial: Mountain bikers and allies in Congress threatening wilderness areas with demands for access

As if designating new wilderness areas was not a great-enough challenge, there is today a well-orchestrated effort underway to weaken the very heart of The Wilderness Act itself. This effort, which would degrade the superlative quality of existing wilderness and impair the character of future wilderness areas, involves both the predictable usual suspects and others.

Citing overpopulation, USNPS to transfer more than 400 bison off Grand Canyon NP's North Rim

Deciding that there are too many bison on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, officials there have decided to cull the population from an estimated 400-600 animals down to fewer than 200.

Group pushes NP designation for Lava Beds NMon

Members of a coalition that is seeking to change the designation of the Lava Beds National Monument to a national park came before the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to discuss the proposal.

UK: 1,000-year-old fortified farmstead site in Northern Ireland suffers "extensive damage" by construction workers

An investigation is under way after a 1,000-year-old heritage site in County Tyrone was badly damaged.

It happened on Saturday on the outskirts of Fintona. Officials have said "extensive damage" was caused to Lisnabulrevey Rath.

England: Major seabird area along Northumbrian Coast give status as marine special PA

A stretch of coastline which is one of the most important sites in the UK for seabirds such as Arctic terns and Atlantic puffins has been given greater protection.

Newly released emails show Interior ordered USNPS to downplay Facebook CEO climate-change tour of Glacier NP

When Facebook’s communications chief approached the National Park Service to ask the agency to show company founder Mark Zuckerberg how the warming climate is melting ice sheets at Glacier National Park, scientists, park rangers and public affairs staff were giddy with excitement.

Man claims ownership of newly formed island off Cape Hatteras NS; park says, "Mmmmmmm I don't think so"

CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. (WAVY) — The buzz of the beach on Hatteras Island is not up at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, it is down under the surface of the water.

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