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Hunting in the National Park System? A Closer Look at the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act

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By Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill known as the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act which, if passed in the Senate in its current form, could allow hunting in units of the National Park System that currently do not permit it. NPCA strongly opposes this provision of the bill. What follows is an [...]

Posted on: April 25 2012
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Get the Big Picture on Bison on “Independent Lens” This Week

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By Patricia Dowd, Program Manager, Yellowstone Field Office On April 26, 2012, PBS’s Independent Lens will air “Facing the Storm,” an episode on the history, mismanagement, and future of wild bison. Historically, as many as 25 to 30 million bison wandered the Great Plains. Today, only a fraction of this wild herd remains, including 3,500 genetically pure wild bison in [...]

Posted on: April 24 2012
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Friday Photo: It’s Waterfall Season at Yosemite

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Say, did we mention that National Park Week starts tomorrow and runs through April 29? That means no entrance fees anywhere in the park system for eight whole days! If you’re keeping track at home, that’s 84.6 million acres of land with 18,600 miles of hiking trails, 43,000 miles of shoreline, and 12,000 campsites throughout the country, according to a recent press release by the [...]

Posted on: April 20 2012
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Two Years Later, the Gulf Oil Spill Is Still with Us

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By Dr. Guy DiDonato, Natural Resources Program Manager for NPCA’s Center for Park Research Today marks the two-year anniversary of the deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The resulting underwater oil spill transfixed the nation’s attention, with daily (even hourly) live reports from national television stations, print and internet outlets, and radio programs. For those having trouble visualizing [...]

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Protecting Our History—and Growing Our Economy—in Orange County, Virginia

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By Pam Goddard, Chesapeake and Virginia Program Manager Too often, efforts to protect historical sites end up pitting preservationists against landowners and developers, resulting in wasted time, wasted money, and hard feelings all around.  But what if we turned this equation around? What if we started with the answer we wanted—a strong community with a vibrant economy and a beautiful [...]

Posted on: April 19 2012
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