USA, Massachusetts, Cape Cod, footprints on Keychain
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The Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS), created on August 7, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy , encompasses 43,500 acres (176 km2 ) on Cape Cod , Massachusetts . It includes ponds, woods and beachfront of the Atlantic coastal pine barrens ecoregion . The CCNS includes nearly 40 miles (64 km) of seashore along the Atlantic-facing eastern edge of Cape Cod, in the towns of Provincetown , Truro , Wellfleet , Eastham , Orleans and Chatham .
The CCNS is run by the National Park Service , with the dual goal of protecting precious, ecologically fragile land, while allowing the public to enjoy a unique resource.
Notable sites encompassed by the CCNS include Marconi Station , site of the first two-way transatlantic radio transmission, and the Highlands Center for the Arts , formerly the North Truro Air Force Station . The glacial erratic known as Doane Rock is also located on the grounds.
As part of the NPS Centennial Initiative, the Herring River estuary will be restored to its natural state through removal of dikes and drains that date back to 1909.
The former United States Coast Guard station at the Seashore is now operated as a 42 bed youth hostel by Hostelling International USA.
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