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An Overdue Dose of Wilderness: Congress Passes New Protections for Sleeping Bear Dunes

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By Lynn McClure, Midwest Regional Director Earlier this month, Congress passed the first bill designating a new wilderness area in five years—the longest lapse ever between such designations. The bill specifically protects 32,500 of the 71,198 acres at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a national park site in Michigan famous for its immense sand dunes and bluffs, as well as [...]

Posted on: March 28 2014
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Reconnecting a Desert Town with Its River: Improved Tourist Attractions at Arizona’s Yuma Crossing

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By Charles Flynn, Executive Director, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Situated in the corner of the Southwest where Arizona, California, and Mexico converge, the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area (YCNHA) has literally been shaped by the Colorado River. Two granite outcroppings narrowed the river at Yuma, allowing safe passage on what was once a wild and uncontrollable waterway. Some 60,000 [...]

Posted on: March 27 2014
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Feeling Small Again: 5 Tips for Visiting National Parks with Kids

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By Todd Christopher, Senior Director of Online Communications We go to the parks to feel small again. These are places of enormous grandeur which fill us with wonder and remind us that we are all part of something much bigger than ourselves. And so we are drawn, year after year, to the rim of the Grand Canyon, the floor of [...]

Posted on: March 26 2014
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Bad Luck, Hot Rocks: Stories Behind the “Cursed” Thieves of Petrified Forest

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By Rona Marech, Associate Editor, Communications In 1980, an anonymous writer sent some stolen rocks back to Petrified Forest National Park along with a detailed, guilt-washed letter. After her husband had nabbed the pieces while on a summer vacation, they had been haunted by bad luck, she wrote. Her stepmother had kidney failure, their central air and freezer died, their [...]

Posted on: March 19 2014
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Filling in the Gaps at Grand Teton: 1,280 Reasons to Celebrate

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By Sharon Mader, Senior Program Manager, Grand Teton Field Office No matter how many times I venture into Grand Teton National Park, I am awestruck by the majestic peaks, extraordinary wildlife, and skies that extend for miles. While builders continue to develop land around the park for commercial uses and trophy homes, the land inside the park remains a sanctuary for [...]

Posted on: March 10 2014
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