Last Chance to Submit Your Photo for NPCA’s Advocacy Video

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NPCA works around the country on a number of issues that affect national parks like clean air and water, funding for the Park Service budget, and the health of park wildlife. What so many of us love about the these special places, however, goes beyond tangible issues: We treasure the solitude, beauty, history, and inspiration from our millions of collective moments spent in America’s best places. NPCA is putting together an [...]

Posted on: February 21 2013
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Saving Beauty, One Ranch at a Time: New Addition Slated for Petrified Forest National Park

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The first time NPCA’s Arizona Program Manager Kevin Dahl saw the McCauley Ranch at Petrified Forest National Park, he was with a group of scientists and park enthusiasts exploring private lands identified for eventual addition to the park. The spacious McCauley piece of high-elevation desert covers 4,265 acres near the famous fossilized trees that draw some 630,000 visitors each year [...]

Posted on: February 20 2013
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A Valentine’s Day Q&A with Audrey Peterman: One Enthusiast’s “Love Letter to the Parks”

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In 1995, Audrey Peterman and her husband Frank packed up their car and traveled 12,000 miles to national parks around the country for the first time, despite the protests of family and friends who worried for their safety. For two months they had life-changing experiences in places where they were often the only African Americans in crowds of people. They [...]

Posted on: February 14 2013
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VIDEO: New Park Service Series Explores White-Nose Syndrome and the Threat to Bats

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Over the last several weeks, Park Service officials have made two sad discoveries affecting some of the most vulnerable animals in their care: bats. White-nose syndrome, a disease fatal to many bats, has now been documented in two new parts of the park system, Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. [...]

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Friday Photo: The Great Plaid Crawly Things of the Smokies

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Scientists believe some 80,000 species live in the 800 square miles of Great Smoky Mountains National Park—a diversity of plants and animals unrivaled by comparable lands around the globe. One group has been working for years to gain a greater understanding of this staggering array of living things. 2013 marks the 15-year anniversary of the All Taxa Biological Inventory, an ambitious program run by [...]

Posted on: February 8 2013
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