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A Transformative Victory: A Q&A with Don Barger on Progress Reducing Coal-Based Pollution in the Southeast

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By Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications In 2011, NPCA helped broker a historic agreement with the country’s largest power utility, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), to retrofit or retire 54 of its 59 coal-fired boilers. This agreement, known as a consent decree, is not only having a measurable impact on air quality, it’s turning out to be a smart business decision [...]

Posted on: December 4 2013
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New Report: Air Quality in the Smokies Is Headed in the Right Direction

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By Mark Wenzler, Vice President of NPCA’s Climate and Air Quality Programs A new report from Colorado State University confirms that air quality in our most-visited national park is measurably better, thanks to the Clean Air Act. While more work still needs to be done to improve air quality around the country, the new emissions and visibility measurements published last [...]

Posted on: March 12 2013
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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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An Appreciation for Those Who Came Before

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By Don Barger, Senior Regional Director, Southeast Region The expansive views of the Southern Appalachian Mountains from the summit of Hemphill Bald are enough to make anyone want to plop down in the tall grass and spend the day watching the shadows of clouds flow across the landscape. On a sunny Saturday this past summer, however, I found myself joining [...]

Posted on: January 24 2013
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National Parks, and Park Apps, Free for National Park Week

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Next week is National Park Week! Starting this Saturday, April 21, through Sunday, April 29, all 397 units of the park system will waive their entrance fees, from Acadia to Zion and everywhere in between. The fee-free days make an already affordable vacation to America’s most spectacular places even easier on the wallet, at an ideal time for viewing wildflowers, birds, and waterfalls at many parks.  To [...]

Posted on: April 17 2012
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