Santa Monica Mountains for All: Expanding the Largest Urban National Park for Green Justice

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By Ramya Sivasubramanian, Assistant Director and Counsel with The City Project The Santa Monica Mountains are L.A.’s backyard, but for children of color living in poverty with no access to a car, they may as well be worlds away. Expanding the largest urban national park in the country and creating adequate public transportation to the park will bring this resource to all [...]

Posted on: January 15 2013
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Friday Photo: A Pretty Kind of “Pothole”

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Thanks to Walt Biddle for sharing this photo of a lovely sunset viewed through the Mesa Arch at Canyonlands National Park in Utah. It’s no wonder the Mesa Arch is one of the park’s most popular hikes. Visitors can see the 50-foot arch and the dramatic 500-foot vertical cliff beyond it via an easy half-mile walk. The arch is known as a “pothole [...]

Posted on: January 11 2013
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The Top Park Advocate Stories from 2012

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Since the Park Advocate launched last January, we’ve explored more than a hundred topics affecting national parks around the country, from air pollution to Civil War commemorations to hunting, among many other issues. I had the unique privilege of working in some way on all 160 of these stories in 2012. Now that we’ve wrapped up our first calendar year, [...]

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Get Healthy in the Parks—Five Events to Keep You Motivated

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Did you kick off the new year with a resolution to get more exercise? Me too. With such wide-ranging health benefits— from lowering stress to improving brain function to getting a better night’s sleep—it’s no wonder so many of us start January by putting on our workout gear. (All that carbo-loading in December helps, too!) So join the club—but maybe [...]

Posted on: January 10 2013
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Grand Teton Gets $16 Million to Preserve Threatened State Lands—Just in the Nick of Time

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By Sharon Mader, Senior Program Manager, Grand Teton Late last month, NPCA helped secure a significant down-to-the-wire victory for Grand Teton National Park. After years of pressure from NPCA, the federal government allotted $8 million toward a total of $16 million to purchase 86 acres along the Snake River from the state of Wyoming and incorporate these lands into the [...]

Posted on: January 9 2013
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