“A Gift of the Whole People”: How Crowdfunding Can Help Revitalize National Parks

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by Erin Barnes, ioby Co-Founder and Executive Director NPCA recently forged a new partnership with the organization I helped found, ioby, as a way to provide a platform for local groups to crowdfund projects in our country’s beloved national parks. It sounds like a cutting-edge idea, and it is—though another cause beat us to the punch by more than a [...]

Posted on: February 25 2013
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A Strong Recovery for the Island Night Lizard

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What’s three inches long, lives on a remote island, and was just removed from the Endangered Species List? Meet the island night lizard, a species unique to the Channel Islands, whose population has rebounded so significantly since 1977, as of this month, it no longer needs federal protection. This victory speaks both to the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act and the importance maintaining public lands such as [...]

Posted on: February 22 2013
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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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