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The 8,000-Year Park: Why One of My Favorite Places Doesn’t Fit on NPCA’s Clean Air Timeline

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By Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications The first time I visited Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona, it literally expanded my world. You can sign NPCA’s petition for stricter air-quality standards near national parks–8,000 years is too long to wait! I was 27 then, and I’d spent my whole life on the East Coast, surrounded by tall buildings, crowded roads, [...]

Posted on: September 26 2013
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How Is the Government Shutdown Affecting National Parks?

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You can urge your members of Congress to re-open parks and support full funding for the Park Service by taking action on NPCA’s website and calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 and asking to speak with your representatives. Not sure who your representatives are? Look them up on NPCA’s website. By John Garder, Director, Budget and Appropriations Update, October 1, [...]

Posted on: September 25 2013
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Focus on Water: Florida Ups the Ante in Everglades Restoration with $90 Million Funding Surprise

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By Sarah Gaines Barmeyer, Associate Director, Great Waters Program Disastrous flooding in South Florida is making the news again as water from Lake Okeechobee overflows and is released through the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. Unfortunately, this is something that we see all too often in the region—the water that should naturally flow south from Lake Okeechobee is trapped by man-made barriers [...]

Posted on: September 24 2013
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This Month’s Featured National Heritage Area: Silos and Smokestacks Showcases Farming and Food Production in America’s Heartland

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By Malcolm Fouhy, Policy Intern America’s “amber waves of grain” have long been rooted in our history and culture. The fields of our heartland continue to supply sustenance, energy, and wealth to this country, and to the world, as they have for over a century. The American Farm Bureau Federation reports that 15% of the U.S. workforce produces, processes, and [...]

Posted on: September 23 2013
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GirlTrek Takes On National Parks and Helps Black Women and Girls Take Back Their Health

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By Sandria M. Washington, GirlTrek Volunteer Leader During the month of August, black women and girls from across the country laced up their boots and stepped out to walk in national parks as part of GirlTrek’s Summer Trek Series, a partnership with the National Park Service to support “Healthy Parks, Healthy People.” GirlTrek, a national nonprofit and health organization that [...]

Posted on: September 19 2013
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