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National Public Lands Day

America is blessed with the most beautiful landscapes in the world.  Natural wonders across our country — from centuries-old glaciers to miles-wide canyons — offer a window into our past and a vision for our future.  Among our greatest legacies are our National Parks and public lands, steeped in millennia of living history and shaped by incredible geological force.  Today, ...

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Fort Laramie

Fort Laramie: Crossroads of a Nation Moving West Located at confluence of the Laramie and North Platte Rivers in southeast Wyoming, this famed outpost – first as a fur trade post and then as a military garrison played a strategic role in transforming the United States. Here, for 56 years successive waves of trappers, traders, Native Americans, missionaries, emigrants, soldiers, ...

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Pictured Rocks

Wild Beauty on the Lake Superior Shore Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forest, and shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four season outdoor opportunities abound. The lakeshore hugs the Lake Superior shoreline for more than 40 miles. Lake Superior is the largest, deepest, coldest, and most pristine of all the Great ...

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Cane River Creole

A River and Its People The Cane River region is home to a unique culture; the Creoles. Generations of the same families of owners and workers, enslaved and tenant, lived on these lands for over 200 years. The park tells their stories and preserves the cultural landscape of Oakland and Magnolia Plantations, two of the most intact Creole cotton plantations ...

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Lincoln Boyhood

“There I Grew Up…”  A. Lincoln Abraham Lincoln grew from youth to manhood on this southern Indiana soil.  Many character and moral traits of one of the world’s most respected leaders was formed and nurtured here.  Explore Lincoln’s boyhood and learn about the boy who would one day become the leader of our nation. Living Historical Farm Lincoln Living Historical ...

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A Very Roosevelt Christmas

When in the fall of 1941 a group of Calais notables, including the eminent historian Ned Lamb and businessmen John Trimble and Arthur Unobskey, wrote to President Roosevelt offering the White House a Christmas tree from St Croix Island for the holidays, they had no reason to anticipate the momentous events which were to occur just after the President’s reply ...

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Death Valley

Death Valley is the largest U.S. National Park outside Alaska at 3.4 million acres. Nearly 1000 miles of paved and dirt roads provide access to locations both popular and remote. Even so, 91% of the park is protected as officially designated Wilderness. That wild country includes low valley floors crusted with barren salt flats, rugged mountains rising as much as ...

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BLM resumes work on update of Southern Nevada resource plan

In 2008, federal land managers launched the first major revision of their overall management plan for Southern Nevada since 1998. A decade later, they’re still working on it. Or, more accurately, they’re working on it again. The Bureau of Land Management restarted the planning process last fall, more than a year after State Director John Ruhs called a temporary halt ...

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BLM seeks feedback on Blackwell Island proposal

The BLM Coeur d’Alene Field Office is hoping to make a visit to the popular Blackwell Island boat launch and recreation site a bit more convenient. Blackwell Island is a fee site, and payment for the $6 parking fee has traditionally been by cash or check only. The BLM hopes to provide more flexibility and convenience for users by installing ...

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Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

A more conscious effort to protect Native Hawaiian cultural and natural resources has improved this gem of a historic trail. History and culture go hand in hand. In the same way, cultural and natural resources are not two different resources in native Hawaiian understanding. The entire environment – people, places, water, ocean, sky, and deities – is included. Trail management ...

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