Creating America's 402nd National Park

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Could Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood become America’s 402nd national park site? Show your support and find out how you can help make history.

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Going Underwater to Save Birds

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Researcher Emily Tyner is investigating why thousands of birds are dying at Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan. Invasive aquatic animals in Lake Michigan may be key—and she’s launched an innovative new diving program to help.

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Park Fees Should Benefit Park Visitors

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The good news: National parks get to keep almost all of the entrance and recreation fees they collect to help fund visitor services. The bad news? If Congress doesn’t act soon, this could change, and parks could lose this important source of revenue.

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Help Push for Better Climate Standards

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In June, President Obama unveiled a plan to take on climate change. It's a good start, but we can do better. Please tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to finalize the Clean Power Plan and make it even better for parks and people!

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Thousands of Schoolchildren Create Living Flag at Fort McHenry

Approximately 6,600 schoolchildren form the largest living flag of its kind on September 9, 2014 at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland.Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland, is probably best known for its famous flag, which billowed over the star-shaped ramparts after a fierce British attack during the War of 1812 and inspired Sir Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner. Earlier this week, nearly 7,000 schoolchildren and volunteers commemorated the 200-year […]

Fishing to Revitalize River Communities

Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River.The Upper Delaware River in Pennsylvania and New York is one of the best wild trout fisheries in the country. Just a two-hour drive from Manhattan, this region of beautiful rolling farmland features charming small towns dotted with restaurants showcasing local foods. The bucolic landscape, however, belies tensions between residents who hold sharply divergent visions […]

Fifty Years Later: Wilderness & Civil Rights in the Same Breath

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others look on.Fifty years ago this summer, the 88th Congress passed the Civil Rights Act and the Wilderness Act, two landmark pieces of legislation that most Americans rarely consider in the same breath. Yet we’d all do well to, if we are to understand our society. Ending Jim Crow segregation and protecting wild land have more to […]




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