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Reconnecting a Desert Town with Its River: Improved Tourist Attractions at Arizona’s Yuma Crossing

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By Charles Flynn, Executive Director, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Situated in the corner of the Southwest where Arizona, California, and Mexico converge, the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area (YCNHA) has literally been shaped by the Colorado River. Two granite outcroppings narrowed the river at Yuma, allowing safe passage on what was once a wild and uncontrollable waterway. Some 60,000 [...]

Posted on: March 27 2014
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Park Allies Target an Unwelcome Guest at Petrified Forest: Tumbleweed

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I love living in Arizona. The natural landscapes have always been among my favorite places to explore, with its many climates and ecosystems, including the desert, forests, mountains, and canyons. Yet, the native flora and fauna in my state face a serious threat: invasive species. Invasives, such as buffelgrass and quagga mussels, pose a direct economic and environmental threat to [...]

Posted on: November 20 2013
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VIDEO: Native Birds and Wildlife Make a Comeback at Channel Islands National Park

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Yesterday, the Park Service released more good news from Channel Islands National Park. Just a few weeks after biodiversity advocates celebrated the recovery of the night lizard on these protected islands, park officials and their partners are now sharing dramatic findings on improvements to bird populations and other native wildlife at Anacapa Island, one decade after removing invasive rats from the ecosystem. Scientists [...]

Posted on: March 13 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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The Folly and the Ivy: Make an Easy New Year’s Resolution That Can Help Parks

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By Todd Christopher, Senior Director of Online Communications At the peak of the fall season, the trees along the George Washington Memorial Parkway are alive with color. This scenic roadway is one of the most-visited parts of the National Park System, and an autumn drive along this stretch of the Potomac River in the Mid-Atlantic is a joy for tourists [...]

Posted on: December 20 2012
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