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The Best of America, Free: It’s National Parks Week

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“This land was made for you and me,” Woody Guthrie famously sang, and this is the week to prove him right. Acadia, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Gettysburg, Olympic, Rocky Mountain—all of these iconic places and hundreds more are all FREE to enter, now through April 28 as part of National Parks Week. This annual Earth Week celebration serves as a [...]

Posted on: April 22 2013
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“How Did They Let This Happen?” Reflections on the Deepwater Horizon Disaster Three Years Later

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By Edward Stierli, Steve & Roberta Denning Land Conservation Fellow Many of us remember the images from the tragic Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that left 11 people dead. The disaster opened a gushing wellhead that emptied 5,000 barrels of oil per day into the ocean off the coast of Louisiana. I worked as a teacher in Louisiana as these [...]

Posted on: April 19 2013
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Three Years Later: Gulf Coast Still Recovering from BP Oil Spill

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By Tom Kiernan, President of NPCA This Saturday, April 20, marks the third anniversary of the oil rig explosion that devastated coastal communities, waters, and lands in the Gulf of Mexico and imposed tragic loss among 11 families. Nearly three years ago, I flew over the Gulf of Mexico in a small plane, to see firsthand the devastating impacts the [...]

Posted on: April 18 2013
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Years of Abuse and Overuse Make the Colorado River the Most Endangered River of 2013

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By Meghan Trubee, Colorado River Senior Campaign Manager This year’s Most Endangered Rivers report from American Rivers makes one thing clear: It is not sustainable for a single river to support 36 million people. That’s the situation today for the Colorado River. Though millions use its water, it is already so over-tapped that it now dries up to a trickle [...]

Posted on: April 17 2013
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Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Bear Baiting and Spotlighting Don’t Belong in Our National Preserves

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By Jim Stratton, Director of NPCA’s Alaska Regional Office I get a real sense of accomplishment when the Park Service takes action on an issue we’ve been pushing for years. In early April, the agency renewed temporary regulations to keep hunters from killing black bear cubs and sows with cubs with spotlights at their den sites in Gates of the [...]

Posted on: April 15 2013
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