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August 26th 2016, President Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to a total protected area of 582,578 square miles – making it the largest marine protected area on Earth. Part of the most remote island archipelago on Earth, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument supports a reef ecosystem with more than 7,000 marine species and is home to many species of coral, fish, birds and marine mammals. This includes the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, the endangered leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles. Top and bottom photos courtesy of James Watt, middle photo by Lindsey Kramer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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There’s something to see in every season at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. Summer brings over 113 bird species to the refuge, where they breed and raise their young. After wildlife viewing during the day, stick around for stellar nighttime scenes like this pic of a stormy summer sky. A 30-second exposure captured the light of the stars and moon, along with lightning coloring the clouds from a passing storm. Photo by Tom Koerner, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
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The Wilderness Act – enacted on September 3 in 1964 – defines a wilderness as “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” In the following 52 years, over 109 million acres of pristine forests, mountains, deserts and wetlands have been protected, giving all Americans the opportunity to escape into nature. Photo of the Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area in Oregon by Jeff Clark
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Labor Day is called the unofficial end of summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. Take advantage of cooler days to explore public lands across the country. You can see birds migrate, take pictures of changing leaves and enjoy sitting by a campfire. The parks, refuges and wilderness are always there for you. Photo of Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska by Saurin Munshaw
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Summer makes for some epic thunderstorms. Case in point: this dramatic pic of a lighting strike at Badlands National Park in South Dakota from earlier in August. Photo by Badlands’ Seasonal Park Paleontologist Phil Varela, National Park Service.
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At Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska, wild rivers meander through glacier-carved valleys, caribou migrate along age-old trails and endless summer light fades into aurora-lit night skies of winter. It remains virtually unchanged except by the forces of nature. With no roads or trails, getting here is a challenge, but the reward is a lifetime of amazing memories. Photo by Carl Johnson, National Park Service.
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The unspoiled beauty of Shi Shi Beach in Olympic National Park is calling. It was a dreary, overcast and foggy day but Christian Loya decided to hike out to Shi Shi Beach anyway and hope it cleared. “My persistence paid off on this one. It finally did just before sunset and I was treated with this glorious sunset.” Photo courtesy of Christian Loya.
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There you can post photos of landscapes and any other photos that show that the world is a wonderful place.

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Red Cloud Peak Wilderness Study Area in Colorado is a hiker’s dream, featuring 30 mountain peaks over 13,000 feet tall and two peaks over 14,000 feet: Red Cloud Peak and Sunshine Peak. Alpine tundra and vast scenic vistas offer solitude and spaces to backpack, mountain climb, horseback ride and more.
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Now is the perfect time to start planning your summer trip to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska. Hike through stunning scenes of wildflowers and #waterfalls, climb mountain peaks and glaciers or kayak along 155 miles of breathtaking coastline. The nation’s largest national park – bigger than the states of Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island combined – offers many ways to explore, from backpacking, fishing, river trips, biking and more!
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