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View a “Ring of Fire” from National Parks This Sunday

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Making weekend plans? National park visitors in the Southwest and parts of California are in for a treat this Sunday, May 20: the first annular solar eclipse visible from North America since 1994. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the sun and the earth, creating a shadow that blocks the sun’s light. In an annular eclipse, [...]

Posted on: May 16 2012
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Prevent Wolf Hunting in Wyoming’s National Parks

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By Sharon Mader, Senior Program Manager, Grand Teton The gray wolf has made a stunning comeback in the northern Rockies. In the late 1920s,  wolves had been completely eradicated from western Wyoming as well as the rest of the lower 48 states. Conservationists reintroduced wolves to the region in the 1990s, successfully restoring new populations to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, as [...]

Posted on: May 15 2012
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Friday Photo: Happy Birthday, Glacier!

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Break out the party hats: Glacier National Park in northwest Montana was created 102 years ago today. Park officials are largely celebrating by… plowing! The photo above, from the park’s Flickr page, shows one of the beautiful snowy vistas visible last week from Going-to-the-Sun Road, which curves through 50 miles of the park’s interior. Getting that snow off of the road itself, however, [...]

Posted on: May 11 2012
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Preserving the Manhattan Project: Cynthia Kelly and the Atomic Heritage Foundation

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By Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications NPCA expects Congress to introduce legislation soon that would create a new Manhattan Project National Historical Park. This park would encompass three separate sites in Los Alamos, New Mexico; Hanford, Washington; and Oak Ridge, Tennessee that were involved in the top-secret development of the atomic bomb during World War II. Cynthia Kelly, founder and [...]

Posted on: May 9 2012
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Restoring Land to Protect Joshua Tree National Park

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By Seth Shteir, NPCA’s California Desert Field Representative What are the ingredients for a successful restoration event? Ours started with volunteers from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), National Park Service (NPS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Student Conservation Association (SCA), and U.S. Marines from the Twentynine Palms Air Ground Combat Center, with generous support from Nature Valley. We added [...]

Posted on: May 3 2012
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