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Did You Know? Marine and Coastal Resources of the National Park System

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Miles of coastal shoreline in the National Park System: 11,217* Acres of marine and Great Lakes water in the National Park System: 2,490,839* Many people think of scenic mountain vistas, sprawling canyons, thundering waterfalls, and towering timber when they think about the spectacular natural features protected by our National Park System. But 85 national park units also harbor spectacular scenery [...]

Posted on: October 16 2012
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Sí Lo Hicimos: We’ve Finally Honored One of My Greatest Heroes, César Chávez

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By Ron Sundergill, Senior Director of NPCA’s Pacific Regional Office A sea of more than 6,000 school children, politicians, farm workers, National Park Service rangers, community members, journalists, and celebrities flooded the National Chávez Center at Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, or “La Paz,” on Monday, October 8. My NPCA colleagues and I had also traveled to the Central [...]

Posted on: October 15 2012
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National Parks Plus Kids: Volcanoes Are Cool

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By Craig Obey, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs A kid can hardly leave Yellowstone without volcanoes on the brain. It is a fascinating place. As parents, we knew we had a long drive ahead of us, and we came close to skipping Craters of the Moon in Idaho. That would have been a big mistake! Craters of the Moon is only [...]

Posted on: October 12 2012
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Putting National Parks into the Debate: Questions for Obama and Romney

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By Kristen Brengel, NPCA’s Director of Government and Legislative Affairs Note: This is the second of several stories on the upcoming presidential election. You can sign NPCA’s petition urging the candidates to pledge their support for national parks. UPDATE, October 15, 2012: You can now submit a question for the October 16 town hall debate at http://feedback.aol.com/voiceofdebate/?aol. On Tuesday, October 16, Barack [...]

Posted on: October 9 2012
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Friday Photo: Four Tons of Buffelgrass No Match for Hard-Working Volunteers

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Last weekend, thousands of people around the country turned out to participate in National Public Lands Day, including about 60 volunteers who helped pull an invasive plant known as buffelgrass from areas around Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona. It was a hot day. Soaring temperatures meant we had to start early in the morning and quit around 11 a.m.–but even in that short window, [...]

Posted on: October 5 2012
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