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More than 10 wildfires burned over 200,000 acres in Southern California in October 2003, many of them started by humans. This satellite image shows strong winds carrying smoke over the Pacific. MODIS Rapid Response Team/NASA hide caption

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What's The Leading Cause Of Wildfires In The U.S.? Humans

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The official Twitter account of Badlands National Park in South Dakota was the first to tweet climate change facts in defiance of the gag order placed on the Environmental Protection Agency. Francis Temman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Going outside the day after Thanksgiving could be the perfect opportunity to get take a new portrait. People could also just enjoy the surrounding nature. Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Norma Bauerschmidt with son, Tim, and daughter-in-law, Ramie Liddle, in Friday Harbor, Wash. Bauerschmidt embarked on a year-long road trip after receiving a cancer diagnosis last year. Ramie Liddle hide caption

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Driving Miss Norma: 91-Year-Old Who Hit The Road After Cancer Diagnosis Dies

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Apple (left) and Google screenshots of the Willamette National Forest. The pins in each image indicate where each app says the forest is located, when searched. Apple & Google/Screenshots by NPR hide caption

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Gracie, Glacier National Park's first Bark Ranger, shepherds wildlife away from popular tourist spots and teaches park visitors how to safely view wildlife. Nicky Ouellet/Montana Public Radio hide caption

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'Bark Ranger' Helps Lick Dangerous Wildlife Encounters In National Park

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The Chickasaw National Recreation Area used to be called Platt National Park until 1976, when it lost its status as a national park. NPS Cultural Landscapes/Flickr hide caption

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In Oklahoma, A National Park That Got Demoted

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Pan-seared buffalo tenderloin with a corn and sweet potato hash and chimichurri sauce is served up at The Local, a restaurant in Jackson, Wyo. Courtesy of Erin Neary/The Local hide caption

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Tamara Johnson is a new Outdoor Afro leader in Atlanta. Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR hide caption

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Code Switch Podcast, Episode 2: Being 'Outdoorsy' When You're Black Or Brown

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Feral hogs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are an invasive and hugely destructive species. Courtesy of Bill Lea hide caption

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On The Trail Of The Wily Wild Hog

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Almost like clockwork, every 60 to 110 minutes, Old Faithful shoots out a jet of steam and hot water up to 184 feet high. In summer the nearby parking lot fills and empties at about the same pace. Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk says, "One of the great fears of every superintendent of Yellowstone is that Old Faithful will stop erupting when they're superintendent." Michael Nichols/National Geographic hide caption

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Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being 'Loved To Death'?

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A couple walk along the Cactus Forest Trail in Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Ariz., last May. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Don't Care About National Parks? The Park Service Needs You To

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Tourists at Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona wait for a shuttle bus in 2015. For years, the Grand Canyon and other big national parks have been seeing rising attendance. Felicia Fonseca/AP hide caption

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Long Lines, Packed Campsites And Busy Trails: Our Crowded National Parks

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A weekly pass at Rocky Mountain National Park increases Thursday from $20 to $30, which will go toward paying for park improvements such as picnic tables, restrooms and trail maintenance. Steve Mulder/Flickr hide caption

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Get Ready To Pay More To Enter Some National Parks

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At an October protest, hundreds of "We Are Seneca Lake" members block the gates of Crestwood Midstream to protest against the expansion of fracked gas storage in the Finger Lakes. PR Newswire/AP hide caption

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Residents Fight To Block Fracked Gas In New York's Finger Lakes

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Rancher Ross Frank worries that funding to fight fires in Western communities like Chumstick, Wash., has crowded out important land management work. Rowan Moore Gerety/Northwest Public Radio hide caption

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Spending To Fight Wildfires At The Expense Of Preventing Them

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Landmark Conservation Deal Offers A First Glimpse Of New Wilderness

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