The Attack on the Antiquities Act: Why This Hundred-Year-Old Law Matters for Congress and the Park System

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By Elise Liguori, Government Affairs Natural Resources Director In a move that alarmed the conservation community last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1459, legislation that would restrict the president’s powers to designate new national monuments under the Antiquities Act. Known as the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act or “EPIC,” H.R. 1459 ironically [...]

Posted on: April 23 2014
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Destination Darkness: The Increasingly Rare Starscapes of the Colorado Plateau National Parks

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By Cory MacNulty, Program Manager, Southwest Regional Office The Colorado Plateau stretches for 130,000 square miles across the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. The area is well-known for its red rock canyons, arches, and hoodoos, formed by wind erosion or carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The Colorado Plateau is also home to [...]

Posted on: April 21 2014
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Her True Colors: A Q&A with Award-Winning Musician Doreen Taylor

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Last week, award-winning songstress Doreen Taylor released her new single, “Colors of the USA,” which she wrote and produced to benefit NPCA’s work to protect national parks; 50% of all proceeds from the song will go directly to NPCA. Doreen began her remarkable career in music at an early age when she realized the power and strength of her voice. [...]

Posted on: April 17 2014
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5 Ways to Celebrate National Park Week

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Photo © Aaron Bates. Have you marked your calendar yet? National Park Week begins this weekend! What’s National Park Week? It’s a celebration of all 401 national park sites around the country. Many parks host special events, including junior ranger programs and Earth Day activities, and all national park sites will waive their entrance fees Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April [...]

Posted on: April 16 2014
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“Save All of the Natural Things”: Schoolkids in California Share What They Love Most about National Parks

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“Who do the national parks belong to?” My colleague Kari Kiser, Pacific Regional Council Chairman Michael Malaga, and I posed this question to hundreds of Bay Area schoolchildren last month at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. The answers varied from “the police” to “the government” to “my parents.” Whenever children replied, “all of us,” we showered them with [...]

Posted on: April 11 2014
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