Congress Backs National Memorial Designation for Former Pulse Nightclub Site

Congress has adopted legislation to formally designate the site of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., as a memorial to the 49 people who were killed there on June 12, 2016.

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Driving the States of Maine

Taking U.S. 1 the length of Maine reveals the shifting nature of the state’s character, from lobster shacks and antiques stores to vast forests and a lost French colony.

#maine, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #road-trips, #travel-and-vacations, #u-s-route-1

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Deb Haaland Wants to Restore National Monuments Slashed by Trump

Deb Haaland has advised the president to reinstate former boundaries at Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, and also in a marine area off New England.

#bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cox-spencer-j-1975, #environment, #global-warming, #grand-staircase-escalante-national-monument-utah, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #utah

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Memorial Day Travel Forecast: Crowds, Traffic and Where is Our Waitress?

As Americans hit the road for the holiday, they may find things crowded, more expensive and with less staff to keep things running smoothly.

#american-automobile-assn, #american-hotel-and-lodging-assn, #automobiles, #camps-and-camping, #cape-cod-mass, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #mackinac-island-mich, #memorial-day, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #outer-banks-nc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #road-trips, #shortages, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #transportation-security-administration, #travel-and-vacations

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What to Save? Climate Change Forces Brutal Choices at National Parks.

For decades, the core mission of the Park Service was absolute conservation. Now ecologists are being forced to do triage, deciding what to safeguard — and what to let slip away.

#acadia-national-park-me, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #invasive-species, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #wildfires

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Joseph D. Mount Was Charged For Organizing a Hike of More Than 150 people to the Grand Canyon.

Prosecutors said at least 150 people showed up, astounding rangers and overwhelming visitors who struggled to steer clear of the hikers, many of whom were not wearing masks or social distancing.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grand-canyon-ariz, #grand-canyon-national-park, #hikes-and-hiking, #mount-joseph-don, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #quarantines, #timothy-hopp

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Grand Canyon Bison Hunt Draws 45,000 Applicants to Kill 12 Animals

National Park Service officials want to reduce the size of a herd that they say has damaged vegetation, archaeological sites and the water supply.

#arizona, #bison, #forests-and-forestry, #grand-canyon-national-park, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #north-america

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Why Biden Must Save Bears Ears National Monument

‘We are rooted to Mother Earth through her body like the plants are rooted to the soil.’

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How to Reserve a Campsite, Even at the Last Minute

Who says you can’t get a reservation for the great outdoors this weekend?

#bureau-of-land-management, #camps-and-camping, #content-type-service, #federal-lands, #kampgrounds-of-america, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tents

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Grizzly Bear Fatally Mauls a Backcountry Guide Near Yellowstone Park

When the bear charged at Montana officials who were investigating the attack, they shot and killed it.

#animal-behavior, #bears, #deaths-fatalities, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #idaho, #montana, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores

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Asian-Americans’ Politics, Pandemic Wilderness Explorers and O.J. Simpson’s Twitter Account: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

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How About a Luxury Tour of Your Own Backyard?

Many group tour companies are trading their international itineraries for souped-up domestic trips aimed at nature-loving Americans.

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Visited a National Park This Year? Now, Help Save It.

More people than ever visited national parks during the pandemic. We need to harness that interest for change.

#conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #haaland-deb, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #salmon, #yosemite-national-park-calif

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Get Outside and Safely Visit a National Park

Now is the time to start looking ahead, to spring and summer excursions in the great outdoors.

#camps-and-camping, #federal-lands, #forests-and-forestry, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

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How Bad Was the Coronavirus Pandemic on Tourism in 2020? Look at the Numbers.

The dramatic effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the travel industry and beyond are made clear in six charts.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #carbon-dioxide, #carnival-corporation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruises, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #travel-and-vacations

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A Sacred Place Undone by Trump Must Be Saved by Biden

Bears Ears is one of the nation’s most compelling and mysterious landscapes and a place of worship for Native Americans.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #land-use-policies, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #wilderness-areas

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On the West Coast, Avalanche Warnings and an ‘Atmospheric River’

The danger of avalanche is high in parts of the Cascade Mountains and areas farther south, the Northwest Avalanche Center said.

#avalanches, #cascade-mountains, #idaho, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #national-weather-service, #oregon, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #portland-ore, #rain, #washington-state, #western-states-us

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Getaway Planning Tips: How to Prepare for Your Next Escape

Right now, pulling off a getaway to the great outdoors requires extensive planning. Here’s what to keep in mind.

#content-type-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations

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Native Americans ‘Left Out in the Cold’ Under Trump Press Biden for Action

After showing political clout in the 2020 election, tribal communities are hoping for more attention and money to address their long-running problems with poverty, health care and other issues.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education, #federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #indian-health-service, #infrastructure-public-works, #land-use-policies, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #pipelines, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Meet America’s 63rd National Park

The New River Gorge in West Virginia got the federal government’s highest protection, thanks, in part, to the latest pandemic relief bill.

#capito-shelley-moore, #coal, #geology, #hunting-and-trapping, #land-use-policies, #mines-and-mining, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parachutes-and-parachute-jumping, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #west-virginia

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Archaeologists Discover Spot in Alaska Where Indigenous Fort Once Stood

The location of the fort, which was used by the Tlingit people to ward off Russian invaders in 1804 and was destroyed by the Russians, has eluded researchers for decades.

#alaska, #alaska-natives, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #russia

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6 Park Rangers Ambushed and Killed in Congo Gorilla Reserve

The attack in the Virunga National Park was the latest assault on rangers charged with protecting one of Africa’s oldest nature areas.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #goma-congo-democratic-republic-of, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #virunga-national-park-congo-democratic-republic-of

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6 Park Rangers Killed in Congo Gorilla Reserve Ambush

The attack in the Virunga National Park was the latest assault on rangers charged with protecting one of Africa’s oldest nature areas.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #goma-congo-democratic-republic-of, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #virunga-national-park-congo-democratic-republic-of

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How This Spot (in Mozambique) Got Its Leopard

Gorongosa National Park, steadily recovering from the ravages of civil war, recently added to its list of resident predators.

#animals, #area-planning-and-renewal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #gorongosa-national-park-mozambique, #leopards, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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George W. Bush’s Childhood Home Eyed for National Park Service Inclusion

The home, in Midland, Texas, was part of a formative time in the shaping of the future president, historians said.

#bush-barbara, #bush-george, #bush-george-w, #bush-laura, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #midland-tex, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Utah Man Who Looked for Treasure Pleads Guilty to Digging in National Park

Rodrick Dow Craythorn, 52, pleaded guilty to causing more than $1,000 worth of damages in his quest to find Forrest Fenn’s treasure, prosecutors said.

#fenn-forrest-1930, #fines-penalties, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #new-mexico, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #public-property, #rocky-mountains, #santa-fe-nm, #treasure-troves, #utah, #wyoming

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Revisiting the Unseen Corners of the World

During a year with limited travel possibilities, our World Through a Lens series offered Times readers a weekly escape. Here are some of the highlights.

#ecuador, #forests-and-forestry, #georgia, #great-britain, #islands, #karbala-iraq, #maine, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #nuns, #photography, #quebec-province-canada, #road-trips, #rural-areas, #safaris, #sea-lions, #travel-and-vacations

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Fraser Island Blaze Began With Campfire, Australian Officials Say

The police said the men started an illegal campfire, but experts said the region would remain vulnerable to more fires as climate change worsens dry conditions.

#australia, #fires-and-firefighters, #fraser-island-australia, #global-warming, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores

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After Wildfires, Mourning the Loss of California’s Giants

For one reporter, documenting the destruction of redwoods and sequoias was a heartbreaking assignment.

#fires-and-firefighters, #global-warming, #mojave-national-preserve, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #trees-and-shrubs, #wildfires, #yosemite-national-park-calif

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‘Small Town, No Hospital’: Covid-19 Is Overwhelming Rural West Texas

As cases soar in Texas, hospitals are filling up from El Paso to Lubbock. The Big Bend region is especially vulnerable, with just one hospital for 12,000 square miles.

#alpine-tex, #big-bend-national-park-tex, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #marfa-tex, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #rural-areas, #texas

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Good News for Salmon, Bad News for Prospectors

Denying a permit for the Pebble Mine in Alaska is a commendable move, finally, by the Trump administration.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bristol-bay-alaska, #carbon-caps-and-emissions-trading-programs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #fishing-commercial, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Loneliness of the Red State Democrat

Liberals got “trounced” in Montana, and the party will spend the next few years in the wilderness.

#bozeman-mont, #bullock-steve, #daines-steve, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #gianforte-greg-1961, #hickenlooper-john-w, #interior-department, #land-and-water-conservation-fund, #montana, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #tester-jon

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Hiker Rescued From Mount Rainier Makes ‘Miraculous’ Recovery

When Michael Knapinski arrived at a Seattle hospital, his heart stopped for 45 minutes and he was put on life support. Two days later, he was walking.

#emergency-medical-treatment, #hikes-and-hiking, #hospitals, #life-sustaining-support-systems-withdrawal-of, #medical-devices, #mount-rainier-wash, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #nursing-and-nurses, #seattle-wash, #ventilators-medical

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3 Visitors Banned From Yellowstone After Cooking Chickens in Hot Spring

It is illegal to touch or throw objects into hot springs or other hydrothermal features at the park, officials said.

#chickens, #grand-teton-national-park-wyo, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #yellowstone-national-park

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Emily Harrington Is First Woman to Free-Climb El Capitan Route in Less Than a Day

Emily Harrington is the first woman to free-climb the Golden Gate route up El Capitan, a 3,000-foot-high monolith in Yosemite National Park, in under 24 hours.

#el-capitan, #harrington-emily, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #records-and-achievements, #rock-climbing, #yosemite-national-park-calif

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From Fashion to a Fantasia in Stone

The photographer Priscilla Rattazzi brings to life the amazing, endangered Hoodoo rock sculptures of southern Utah.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #photography, #priscilla-rattazzi, #staley-wise-gallery-manhattan-ny, #utah

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Hiker Is Rescued in Zion National Park After Nearly Two Weeks Missing

Holly Suzanne Courtier, 38, went missing on Oct. 6 after getting off a shuttle bus at the park in Utah. She was found safely on Sunday, the authorities said.

#holly-suzanne-courtier, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #utah, #zion-national-park-utah

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Here are the Best Animal Livestreams

Research shows that watching footage of them can make you happier, so here’s a list of round-the-clock camera footage that will bring koalas, penguins and puppies straight to your screen.

#animals, #aquariums, #bears, #computers-and-the-internet, #dogs, #elephants, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #monkeys-and-apes, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-diego-zoo, #smithsonian-national-zoological-park, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #zoos

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How Wildfire Became an Enemy Instead of an Ally

Starting with the Big Blowup of 1910, the U.S. Forest Service’s strategy mostly has been to put out fires as fast as possible. With climate change and shifting populations, we’re losing that war.

#environment, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #interior-department, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #pinchot-gifford, #sunset-magazine, #wildfires

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Left Litter in the Park? Thailand Officials Will Mail It to Your Home

After campers left trash in a national park, park employees tracked them down, mailed the garbage back and reported them to the authorities.

#khao-yai-national-park-thailand, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #thailand, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Wildfire Smoke Over Vancouver Prompts Air Quality Concerns

Residents retreated indoors after smoke from wildfires in the U.S. descended on Vancouver and other communities in British Columbia.

#air-pollution, #british-columbia-canada, #environment-canada, #forests-and-forestry, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #vancouver-british-columbia, #victoria-british-columbia, #wildfires

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Death Valley Just Recorded the Hottest Temperature on Earth

Scientists still have to validate the reading of 130 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, the equivalent of 54 degrees Celsius.

#california, #death-valley-national-park, #deserts, #earth, #global-warming, #kuwait, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #temperature, #weather

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Water, Sand and Plenty of Elbow Room on 8 Wild, Protected Coastlines

From California to Cape Cod, these national seashores and lakeshores offer everything from bird-watching to boating to basking in the sun.

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Hotels Are Promoting the Nostalgia of the Family Road Trip

Their campaigns have moved from focusing on cleanliness to appeals to people who want “to get out of the house.”

#accor-sa, #coronavirus-reopenings, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #hyatt-hotels-corp, #kimpton-hotelrestaurant-group, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations

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On the Lookout for Moose on Michigan’s Isle Royale

The remote Isle Royale, tucked away in the northern reaches of Lake Superior, is one of America’s least visited national parks.

#camps-and-camping, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #islands, #moose, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #photography, #travel-and-vacations

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Your Used Mask Needs to Make It to the Trash Can

They’re on beaches, in parking lots and on sidewalks. You probably won’t catch the coronavirus from a discarded mask, but the litter poses a risk to the environment.

#citizens-campaign-for-the-environment, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #plastic-bags, #plastics, #pollution, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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National Parks May Become Latest Battleground in Reopening

Americans crave outdoor recreation more than ever. But national parks — sometimes many miles from equipped hospitals — are grappling with how to safely stay open.

#arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #grand-canyon-ariz, #grand-canyon-national-park, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas

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Who Tore Down This Frederick Douglass Statue?

President Trump and others have speculated about why vandals destroyed a Rochester, N.Y., statue of the prominent Black abolitionist even as protests against systemic racism continue.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #brooks-cornell-william, #douglass-frederick, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #slavery-historical, #trump-donald-j, #underground-railroad-19th-century, #vandalism

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Trump Says He Will Create a Statuary Park Honoring ‘American Heroes’

The executive order includes John Adams, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr. among those who would be honored. So would Billy Graham, Antonin Scalia and Ronald Reagan.

#general-services-administration, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #interior-department, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-endowment-for-the-arts, #national-endowment-for-the-humanities, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Mount Rushmore Became Mount Rushmore

The South Dakota landmark has drawn criticism over the land it occupies, the main sculptor behind it and the legacies of the men it memorializes.

#black-people, #indigenous-people, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #mount-rushmore-national-memorial-sd, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #race-and-ethnicity

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