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Friday Photo: Living History and Solemn Reflection at Antietam Commemoration

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On September 17, 1862, the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia battled for twelve savage hours on the banks of Antietam Creek in Maryland. When the fighting was over, 23,000 people had been killed, wounded, or declared missing, making that one day the bloodiest in the history of the Civil War. The Union Army’s performance led President Abraham Lincoln to [...]

Posted on: September 28 2012
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National Parks Plus Kids, Week Five: On to Yellowstone!

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By Craig Obey, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs The world’s first national park is, not surprisingly, a fascinating, magical wonderland. Take your kids! There’s nothing quite like watching your children thrill at their first Old Faithful eruption, or feeling your souls jump in unison at the primordial howls of wolves in the Lamar Valley. Yellowstone offers so many surprises. It [...]

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What’s Floating in the Mississippi? New Report Reveals Progress but Also Challenges for Historic River

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The Mississippi River is an icon of our nation that conjures up images from the pages of Mark Twain. Yet at the same time, the river has been a target for industrial waste that basically choked the life out of the river. Now, forty years after passage of the Clean Water Act, it is time to find out just how healthy our [...]

Posted on: September 27 2012
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Make Plans for Public Lands This Saturday–and Enjoy a Fee-Free Park Day

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All national parks will waive their entrance fees this Saturday, September 29, for National Public Lands Day, the largest one-day volunteer effort for public lands in America. According to the National Environmental Education Foundation, the nonprofit organization that promotes this annual day of “Helping Hands for America’s Lands,” a whopping 170,000 volunteers are expected to spend time removing invasive species, [...]

Posted on: September 26 2012
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Focus on Water: Living Wild in the Wake of Captain John Smith

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Vibrant greenways, rugged trail systems, and urban swimming holes—these features make river towns in America wild locations to visit. But this year’s #1 “Best River Town in America” ranked by Outside magazine is Richmond, Virginia, a mid-size city along the James River that is part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Outside judged towns by their cost [...]

Posted on: September 25 2012
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