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National Parks Are a Grand Bargain: Congress Must Stop the Damage to America’s Best Idea

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By Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications “It was a complete shock,” admits Mattea Sanders. A graduate student at American University, Mattea spent her last four summers working as an interpretive ranger in Virginia, first at Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park, then at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, giving battlefield tours and helping visitors—a job she loves. She had heard [...]

Posted on: August 22 2013
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Follow in the Footsteps of an American Hero at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland

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A hundred years after her death, the Park Service created a new national monument earlier this year to honor Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman, who helped bring dozens of enslaved Americans to freedom and fought for equal rights for all people. Not only is this park a testament to her remarkable legacy, its 25,000 acres also encompass beautiful natural areas [...]

Posted on: August 8 2013
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This Month’s Featured National Heritage Area: Exploring Tennessee’s Extensive Civil War History

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By Malcolm Fouhy, Policy Intern Last month, in the first Park Advocate post in our series on national heritage areas, we highlighted the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, a historic region of Massachusetts and Rhode Island that played a major role in the Industrial Revolution and now hosts a variety of recreational and educational opportunities for visitors. This month, [...]

Posted on: August 7 2013
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Sharing the “Real” Civil War: Interpreting Gettysburg 150 Years Later

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By Alan Spears, Legislative Representative Several years ago, Gettysburg National Military Park interpretive ranger and historian D. Scott Hartwig shared the following story. He was near the old Zeigler’s Grove visitors center when an English couple, spotting his Park Service uniform, stopped to ask a question. They had toured the battlefield, visited nearly every monument and statue, and seen the [...]

Posted on: July 3 2013
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Video: Wild Salmon at Stake If Mines Are Built Next to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

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“What do we do without fish?” asks June Tracey, a resident of Nondalton, Alaska, in a new video by the Story Group. Tracey’s question is not just philosophical. Her community is closest to the site where companies are intent upon building the largest, open-pit copper and gold mine in North America. If developed, the proposed Pebble Mine could spur development [...]

Posted on: May 30 2013
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