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THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK

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As Theodore Roosevelt National Park mulls a new plan for managing the horse herd — that could reduce the number of horses significantly or remove them entirely — advocates urge them to maintain a genetically healthy population.
The wild horses at Theodore Roosevelt National Park have a mixed pedigree shaped by the likes of Sitting Bull, a flamboyant French aristocrat and a wealthy Pennsylvanian who started a massive ranch in western North Dakota.
Birgit Pruess says her interest in photographing the wild horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park comes back full circle in her life as a microbiologist — two subjects for which she often draws parallels between art and the science of observation.
A range of options being studied for the park include new and improved visitor centers in both the north and south units as well as at the Painted Canyon overlook.

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Summer traffic in Medora, North Dakota, could double once the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library opens in 2026.
The harvest of native plant seeds, including some taken from Theodore Roosevelt's Maltese Cross and Elkhorn Ranch sites, marks a "hands-on-the-ground" step forward for the future western North Dakota attraction.
Dakota Prairie Grassland officials said they are surveying the area to identify a temporary reroute, and additional information will be released once a reroute is identified and completed.
The site, formerly U.S. Forest Service land, will continue to be open to cattle grazing.
Rob Walton, who is leading a new group of owners of the Denver Broncos, and his wife Melani pledged $50 million for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, recently reduced to $15 million. Does the Broncos purchase help explain the reduced gift?
The conservation groups said if North Dakota fails to require more pollution controls, coal plants and petroleum facilities will spew another 72,000 tons of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide into the air over a decade.

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InForum columnist Trygve Olson comments on air pollution at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
North Dakota consistently meets all air quality standards, and state officials project it will meet its haze reduction goals. But the National Park Service says the state is a major polluter and should do more to control emissions.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce Tourism and Marketing Division in partnership with More Than Just Parks will be releasing a short new film along with promotional content pieces promoting Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

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