Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2012’

San Antonio Missions Nominated for Prestigious International Recognition


Earlier this month, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar had a difficult decision to make. Each year, the Department of the Interior can officially nominate just two sites to be recognized as World Heritage Sites by the World Heritage Center (part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO). NPCA is pleased that Salazar officially authorized the [...]

Posted on: June 28 2012
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Will 2012 Be a Landmark Year for Cleaner Air in National Parks?


Thirty-five years ago, Congress promised that our most treasured national parks and wilderness areas would have the cleanest air in the country. Yet today, millions of national park visitors continue to breathe potentially dangerous air and hike to overlooks only to find their views obscured by pollution. Haze not only muddies the horizon, it burns our lungs and damages plants [...]

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What’s Old Is New Again: Grand Teton Leads the Way in Re-Envisioning Historic Buildings


By Daniel Saxton, NPCA’s Center for Park Research’s Senior Program Coordinator There are approximately 9,600 historic buildings in the National Park System and just about as many creative ways to put them back into service or open them up for the public to explore and enjoy. These are buildings with character, style, and often a rich story to tell. They [...]

Posted on: June 26 2012
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Friday Photo: Giving Creative Life to Discarded Plastic


The new issue of National Parks magazine is online this week (and in mailboxes soon), and its cover features a striking collection of soft-hued objects arranged on a plate. Their shapes curve in different directions; their blues and soft purples play against each other with a subtle sense of harmony. From a distance, the objects almost look like candy, or frosted glass. On closer inspection, [...]

Posted on: June 22 2012
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646 Billion More Reasons to Love the Outdoors


“Everything grows outside, including jobs and the economy.” So begins a report released yesterday by the Outdoor Industry Association touting the positive impact outdoor recreation has on the U.S. economy. The trade association commissioned the study as an update to a similar economic impact assessment it published in 2006, and the group sums up much of its message with this massive figure: $646 billion. That’s how much [...]

Posted on: June 21 2012
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