Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2012’

Focus on Water: New GeoStory Highlights Park Champions


Summer officially begins today, and with it comes long, hot days with many hours of sunlight. It’s a time when outside activities—especially those involving water—reign supreme.  In celebration of summer, we invite you to get to know 12 park champions who are restoring, conserving, and educating others about our national waters and our national parks. The stories that they tell [...]

Posted on: June 20 2012
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On the Edge: Fracking and the Fate of Theodore Roosevelt National Park


By Ann Mallick, NPCA’s Environmental Sustainability Intern Craning my neck through the car window, my first impressions of Theodore Roosevelt National Park were hills, extending for miles under a stretch of blue skies and distant clouds. The heat was overwhelming, but the enigmatic new landscape had sparked my 11-year-old curiosity, and I stuck my nose to the window in eager [...]

Posted on: June 19 2012
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National Parks Under Threat: Why NPCA Opposes New Farm Bill Amendments in the Senate


Update, June 19, 2012: The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act amendments discussed in this article are officially no longer part of the Farm Bill package the Senate is expected to vote on today. Thanks to all who took action to stop these harmful amendments–this news is a big victory for national parks. In Congress, lawmakers will often take a bill on one thing and “amend” [...]

Posted on: June 14 2012
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Park Service Opens Its First “Net Zero” Visitor Center in the Santa Monica Mountains


Correction, 6/28/2012: This story initially stated that the Anthony C. Beilenson Visitor Center was the first platinum LEED-certified visitor center in the National Park System. It should have said that it was the first “net zero” visitor center–meaning that the building produces 100% of the energy it uses through its own renewable energy. In fact, Denali National Park and Lassen [...]

Posted on: June 13 2012
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What Do California Condors, Gray Wolves, and Black-Footed Ferrets Have in Common? National Parks Are Helping Them Recover


Did you know that California condors once ranged throughout the skies of western North America, but by the 1980s, fewer than ten remained? Or that gray wolves used to roam much of the United States until habitat loss and predator control programs virtually eliminated them? Now, both species are starting to making a comeback, in large part due to the efforts [...]

Posted on: June 12 2012
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