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Badlands National Park, South Dakota

25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750
Phone: (605) 433-5361
Description: Badlands National Park has 244,000 acres of spectacular landscapes, native mixed grass prairie, a large variety of native wildlife, amazing fossils, wonderful skyscapes, and compelling human history.
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Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747
Phone: (605) 745-4600
Description: Wind Cave National Park is an American national park located 10 miles north of the town of Hot Springs in western South Dakota. Wind Cave is one of the longest caves in the world with 149 miles
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Redwood poaching spreads to national forests

Redwood burl poaching spreads from national park to national forests
By Jeff Barnard, Associated Press Writer

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- The poaching of knobby growths on ancient redwood trees has spread to national forests in Northern California and Oregon.The growths, known as burls, appear at the base of redwood trees, where they send out sprouts. Their intricate grain is prized for furniture and decorations. Read more



State Parks Foundation

The America's State Parks Foundation is the Nationwide Voice for America's State Parks. Our state parks comprise 14 million acres of public open space and host over 720 million visits annually, generating over $20 billion in economic benefits to states and communities, conserving and protecting irreplaceable natural and cultural resources, and promoting healthy outdoor life styles and experiences for all Americans. The America's State Parks Foundation is the only national-level non-profit whose sole purpose is to advance the missions and purposes of America's State Parks.


The Mission of the America's State Parks Foundation is to promote the value of America's State Parks, for environmental stewardship, for health and well-being of Americans and for economic development; and to energize the State Park Movement working in collaboration with state park agencies, their non-profit partners and other allies and supporters of parks, conservation and preservation in America.
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List of national parks of the United States

There are 398 official units of the National Park System
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The United States has 58 protected areas known as national parks, which are operated by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior. National parks must be established by an act of the United States Congress.

27 states have national parks, as do the insular areas of American Samoa and the United States Virgin Islands. Alaska and California have the most, each with 8, followed by Utah with 5 and Colorado with 4. The largest national park is Wrangell–St. Elias, at over 8 million acres, followed by three more in Alaska; the smallest is Hot Springs, at less than 6 thousand acres. The total area protected by national parks is approximately 51.9 million acres, for an average of 895 thousand acres but a median of only 317 thousand acres. The most-visited national park is Great Smoky Mountains, followed by the Grand Canyon, with over four million. Fourteen national parks are designated World Heritage Sites.

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