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Death Valley: This Land of Extremes Now Recognized for Its World-Class Night Skies

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By David Lamfrom, California Desert Senior Program Manager Death Valley National Park is renowned for its awe-inspiring landscape and its extreme temperatures and elevations. Five months ago, the region was officially recognized as the hottest place on Earth after a team of climate scientists verified the park’s historic high temperature of an incomprehensible 134 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s why it can come [...]

Posted on: February 27 2013
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Three New Opportunities to Share Black History in Our National Parks: Join NPCA’s Google Hangout

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By Brittany Ireland, Media Relations Intern Black history and the African-American narrative comprise an essential chapter in our country’s shared heritage and culture. Nearly 30 of our country’s 398 national park sites directly honor prominent African Americans and share their stories. During Black History Month, NPCA is hopeful about new opportunities—including the three listed below—for Congress to advance the National Park Service’s [...]

Posted on: February 26 2013
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“A Gift of the Whole People”: How Crowdfunding Can Help Revitalize National Parks

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by Erin Barnes, ioby Co-Founder and Executive Director NPCA recently forged a new partnership with the organization I helped found, ioby, as a way to provide a platform for local groups to crowdfund projects in our country’s beloved national parks. It sounds like a cutting-edge idea, and it is—though another cause beat us to the punch by more than a [...]

Posted on: February 25 2013
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A Strong Recovery for the Island Night Lizard

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What’s three inches long, lives on a remote island, and was just removed from the Endangered Species List? Meet the island night lizard, a species unique to the Channel Islands, whose population has rebounded so significantly since 1977, as of this month, it no longer needs federal protection. This victory speaks both to the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act and the importance maintaining public lands such as [...]

Posted on: February 22 2013
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Last Chance to Submit Your Photo for NPCA’s Advocacy Video

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NPCA works around the country on a number of issues that affect national parks like clean air and water, funding for the Park Service budget, and the health of park wildlife. What so many of us love about the these special places, however, goes beyond tangible issues: We treasure the solitude, beauty, history, and inspiration from our millions of collective moments spent in America’s best places. NPCA is putting together an [...]

Posted on: February 21 2013
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