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Destination Darkness: The Increasingly Rare Starscapes of the Colorado Plateau National Parks

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By Cory MacNulty, Program Manager, Southwest Regional Office The Colorado Plateau stretches for 130,000 square miles across the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. The area is well-known for its red rock canyons, arches, and hoodoos, formed by wind erosion or carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The Colorado Plateau is also home to [...]

Posted on: April 21 2014
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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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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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State of Arkansas Wastes Taxpayer Money in Flawed Water Monitoring Study

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By Emily Jones, Senior Program Manager, Southeast Region The fight to protect the Buffalo National River from an industrial hog farm continues to twist and turn, much like the river itself. C&H Hog Farms opened in 2013 on the banks of Big Creek, a major tributary of the Buffalo, and the state approved the facility without adequate public notice or [...]

Posted on: March 3 2014
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Essential Paddling Guide: Paddling The Buffalo, America’s First National River

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The following post is the first in a series from National Parks Traveler. These stories are part of the new Essential Guide for Paddling the Parks, the first paddling guide to the National Park System that helps you decide which river, lake, or ocean to paddle, how to select an outfitter if necessary, and where to find epic paddling adventures in [...]

Posted on: February 20 2014
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