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Take a Hike! 19 Ways to Celebrate National Trails Day

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This Saturday, June 1, is National Trails Day, a perfect excuse to get outside and explore a national park. I asked NPCA staff members to share some of their favorite trails and got 15 emphatic recommendations for amazing hikes around the country, arranged by geographic region below. Share your own favorite trail in the comments! NPCA will also host four [...]

Posted on: May 31 2013
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Video: Wild Salmon at Stake If Mines Are Built Next to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

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“What do we do without fish?” asks June Tracey, a resident of Nondalton, Alaska, in a new video by the Story Group. Tracey’s question is not just philosophical. Her community is closest to the site where companies are intent upon building the largest, open-pit copper and gold mine in North America. If developed, the proposed Pebble Mine could spur development [...]

Posted on: May 30 2013
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Beautiful Nature, an Hour from Chicago: Partnership Embraces Vision for Indiana Dunes

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By Jan Lariviere, volunteer with the Chicago Field Museum We often talk about “connecting with nature” and how important it is for urban residents to have access to green space. It improves our physical health, reduces our stress, and even improves our mood to have a world-class park near home. Chicago is lucky to have a spectacular urban oasis in [...]

Posted on: May 29 2013
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Fracking and National Park Wildlife

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By James D. Nations, Ph.D., Vice President for NPCA’s Center for Park Research Every year, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and oil (known as “fracking”) moves closer to national park boundaries, posing threats to park wildlife that science is only beginning to understand. From the eastern boundary of Glacier National Park in Montana, visitors can throw a stone and hit [...]

Posted on: May 28 2013
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A Q&A with NPCA’s New Acting President on Transition and Opportunity

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The journalist Linda Ellerbee once said, “What I like most about change is that it’s a synonym for ‘hope.’” This week, even as NPCA says goodbye to a valued leader, we feel hope for the future of our national parks and the strength of NPCA’s vision as we work toward the Park Service’s centennial in 2016. Yesterday, NPCA President Tom [...]

Posted on: May 24 2013
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