Fall 2010


In The Footsteps of a Dream

When Barack Obama laid his hand on Lincoln’s bible and took his oath of office to become the first African-American President of the United States, our nation broke with 200 years of history. For many, this moment made all things seem truly possible in a land that was founded on the tenet, “All men are created equal.” Yet, it was not so long ago that this oft-quoted phrase from the Declaration of Independence excluded African Americans, who were relegated to the back of buses, denied access to whites-only eateries and restrooms, and, in essence, deemed second-class citizens with limited freedoms.

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Freedom’s Fortress

Hushed voices. The slow slap of waves. The creak of an oar lock. It is May 23, 1861. Three figures, half-hidden by a cloak of darkness, set off from Sewell’s Point near Norfolk, Virginia, to row a small boat across the wind-stirred waters of Hampton Roads to Old Point Comfort at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

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A Golden Opportunity

Standing on Rabbit Ridge, on the southern rim of the Valles Caldera, two worlds unfold below you. Gaze to the north and you see a stunning, 14-mile-wide volcanic crater: Ponderosa-covered mountains ring a grassy basin so vast, you have to turn your head to take in its immensity. No roads or buildings mar these meadows.

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The Aftermath

Months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, what’s next for the national parks along the Gulf...

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Clearing Skies?

Conflicts over air tours have left the Park Service and the FAA at an impasse for 10 years, but...

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Ring of Fire

Should scientists be concerned about what lurks beneath our first national park?

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Waterfront Views

Historic lockhouses on the C&O Canal are now hosting bikers and hikers on overnight trips. And...

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Beetle Mania

A rare tiger beetle has become the unlikely face of Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park and...

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Continental Divide

Gray wolves return to the endangered species list—and not everyone is happy about it.

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