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NPCA Urges Congress to Avoid Across-the-Board Budget Cuts to National Parks

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NPCA and other public interest groups concerned about the impact of looming budget cuts to federal programs delivered a letter to Congress and the Obama administration last week urging decision-makers to avert sequestration—the steep mandatory budget cuts that will go into effect this January if lawmakers do not act to prevent them. The sequester would mandate damaging cuts of as [...]

Posted on: July 17 2012
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A Call to Action for the Nation’s Urban Parks

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By Alex Brash, NPCA’s Northeast Regional Director, and Leila Quinn, NPCA Summer Associate The nation’s urban national parks are long-neglected, underfunded, under-used, and often unreachable through public transportation. Yet they are a critical asset that can anchor communities, dramatically improve quality of life, and help maintain our nation’s identity. They are often overlooked compared to iconic western parks like Yellowstone [...]

Posted on: July 16 2012
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The Poacher and the Bootleg Lady: How Funding National Parks Preserves Amazing Stories

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By Michael Jamison, NPCA’s Crown of the Continent Program Manager He was a park ranger, a prospector, and a poacher–though not necessarily in that order. She was a wanted woman, a wife, and a whiskey runner. Now, thanks to a recent purchase by the National Park Service, their colorful story belongs to all of us. Theirs is a yarn that [...]

Posted on: July 11 2012
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The Top Six Ways to Discover New Places in the National Park System

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The summer may be half over, but you can still enjoy history, culture, natural beauty, and scientific exploration at our national parks this vacation season. The nation’s 397 national parks not only protect some of America’s most iconic treasures, but they also tell diverse stories and teach valuable lessons about our shared heritage. Here are six fun and affordable ways [...]

Posted on: July 10 2012
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Commercial Beef Cattle in America’s National Parks: Are You Serious?

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Many people would be surprised to hear it: There are commercial beef cattle in national parks? Most definitely: More than a dozen of America’s national parks carry “grandfather clauses” that allow privately owned beef cattle to eat and trample national park resources while their owners pay just a token fee to lease these grazing privileges from the National Park Service. [...]

Posted on: July 3 2012
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