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Protecting America’s Great Outdoors and Powering Our Future

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Alligators can live to be over 80 years old. 🐊 Which is why there’s an increased chance that they will in fact see you later. Photo of gator at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi courtesy of Kara R.

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Stretch your legs and stroll the secluded beach at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama. Pic courtesy of Cary Schmies

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Tonight the moon will have the nearest approach to Earth in all of 2021 🌕 #supermoon  If you stay up late and are in the western U.S., look for the total eclipse phase, where the moon appears red. More public lands ideal for watching celestial wonders:

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Take the break and spend time in nature. You're important. The outdoors and public lands are waiting for you. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth 

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As the weather warms, wildflowers will sweep the higher elevations, adding a pop of color to places like @BLMNational 's Pine Forest Range Wilderness in Nevada.

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Today @SecDebHaaland  designated 10 new national recreation trails, adding over 160 miles to the National Trails System! With variation in length, scenery, and difficulty, these trails join a network that offers something for everyone.

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We know you've been itching for more beaver content, so without further delay, we give you North America's largest rodent doing some serious scratching and grooming at Zion National Park in Utah. Video by park ranger Avery Sloss

What Are You Waiting For? America has millions of acres of public lands, including dozens of national recreation areas, more than 400 national parks, and more than 500 national wildlife refuges. Get your vaccination, make your plan, and get outdoors!

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Are you ready for #FatBearWeek ? Next week, @KatmaiNPS  holds its annual competition so you can judge which chubby cubby takes this year's title. Pic of last year's winner: 435 Holly#Alaska 

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A rain-on-snow event created some interesting shapes and textures in the backcountry of @MountRainierNPS  in #Washington . Is anyone else suddenly craving dessert? Pic courtesy Scott Kranz

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And the winner of #FatBearWeek  is 747! ?? The King of #Chonk ! Thanks to everyone who voted & took a moment to learn about these fascinating animals @KatmaiNPS  #Alaska 

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Nature is essential to the health, well-being, and prosperity of every family and every community in America. Today, we announced our efforts to conserve at least 30% of lands and waters by 2030.  #AmericaTheBeautiful 

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Fresh snow @YosemiteNPS  is beyond beautiful. Wishing you peace, joy and time in the great outdoors this season. From all of us at Interior, Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Video courtesy Mark Bouldoukian#California 

For a short time in February -- if the conditions are perfect -- Horsetail Fall@YosemiteNPS  glows a brilliant orange. It's a phenomenon that happens when the sunset hits the waterfall at the perfect angle. Pic courtesy of Daniel Berson#California  #Firefall 

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Otter, fox, or bison, which one represents how you're heading into 2021? ??? Ok 2021, let's do this. Video clips from @YellowstoneNPS  #Wyoming  #Montana  #Idaho 

This week, @NatlParkService  announced the return of a July 4th celebration with fireworks at Mount Rushmore after an 11-year absence. The stunning patriotic display will be carried out based on careful study that protects the memorial & the environment:

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