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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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Sally Jewell: An Ideal Choice to Lead Our National Parks into Their Next Century

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By Tom Kiernan, President of NPCA To witness our new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in her element, it helps to find her outdoors, whether she’s hiking a trail, paddling a kayak, or climbing a mountain. I know because I’ve gotten to share a number of excursions with her over the eight years she has served on NPCA’s board of trustees, [...]

Posted on: April 11 2013
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Blue and Gray Make Green: Five Interesting Facts about Civil War Battlefield Tourism

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Earlier this week, the Civil War Trust released a ten-page report packed with photos, statistics, and testimonials on the benefits Civil War battlefields have on the economy. The study, Blue, Gray & Green: Economic & Tourism Benefits of Battlefield Preservation, updates the group’s previous economic impact research with new information that underscores the importance of these historic sites during the 150th anniversary of the war, [...]

Posted on: April 10 2013
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