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Matt Sheehan

Dissident Chinese Artist Escapes to Alcatraz

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 03.03.2015 | World

San Francisco -- Ai Weiwei, once China's most internationally famous prisoner, is occupying Alcatraz -- or at least his art installations are. Banned ...

Westerners Continue to Have a Strong Connection to Public Lands

Ellis Richard | Posted 02.26.2015 | Green
Ellis Richard

Call it an affinity, or a closeness--but whether it's the sawtooth ridges of the Grand Tetons or the cliff faces of Dinosaur National Monument, sooner or later something will grab you and refuse to let go.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Names 3 New National Monuments

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will designate three new national monuments on Thursday and announce a new initiative to increase the number of c...

Alaska led U.S. in Least-visited National Parks in 2014, but Skagway Historic Park Saw a Record

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.18.2015 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

America's national parks drew tourists in record numbers last summer, according to the U.S. National Park Service, but most of the agency's Alaska units remain starved for attention.

Here's Why Surveyors Just Discovered That The Washington Monument Is Shorter Than They Thought

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government surveyors have determined a new height for the Washington Monument that's nearly 10 inches shorter than what has been r...

President and Mrs. Obama -- Please Don't Approve the Taking of Public Parkland for the Obama Presidential Library

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 02.12.2015 | Chicago
Charles A. Birnbaum

President and Mrs. Obama, given this administration's exceptional legacy on the protection of open space, please don't make history by approving the confiscation of National Register designated public parkland for the Obama Presidential Library.

Alaska Wildlife: Drawing the Line on UnBearable Hunting Practices

Theresa Pierno | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Theresa Pierno

Stepping onto the shores of one of our national parks a brown bear staring back at you from less than 50 feet away could be considered a frightening experience.

How We Can Honor Our Vets Every Day

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 01.10.2015 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

Veterans Day is an important time to look for ways we can support these brave men and women in our own communities. It's an opportunity for all of us to remember the sacrifices our fellow citizens have made on our behalf, and to shine a bright light on their needs.

The Role of Corporate Partners in National Park Philanthropy

Neil Mulholland | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Neil Mulholland

I am often asked what my thoughts are on philanthropy's role in helping to protect and preserve our national parks. It is a fair question and I feel strongly about the answer. Philanthropy, in all forms, is essential to the existence and future of America's national parks.

In Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park, a 700-Square-Mile Icefield Shrinks, While a Popular Glacier Shows Big One-year Retreat

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

On the icefield, measurements taken this fall at four of the six monitoring sites showed a net loss of mass, with all of the past winter's snowfall melted out by the end of September.

Breathing New Life Into America's Front Yard

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 11.18.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

Ask anyone where Constitution Gardens is, and they're as likely to say it's in Philadelphia as in Washington, D.C.

Jaw-Dropping Images Of Fire Surrounding Famous Landmark

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.08.2014 | Green

A towering blaze that started Sunday afternoon east of Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome has grown to 2,600 acres, forced approximately 100 hiker a...

President Obama, Let's Make History! Create Our 402nd National Park and Chicago's First at Pullman

Theresa Pierno | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Theresa Pierno

Labor Day isn't just a day for barbecues and being with family and friends. The holiday has ties to the South Side of Chicago in the Pullman neighborh...

PHOTOS: Happy Birthday, National Park Service!

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer & Chris McGonigal | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green

Today, August 25, 2014, is the National Park Service's 98th birthday. The National Park Service was established in 1916 with the responsibility of pro...

How Family Summer Car Trips Benefit From a Little-Known Program

Will Rogers | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Will Rogers

Many people who live in cities won't be able to jump in the car, but they still should have a place to get outside experience the both the wonders of nature and the legacy of the American experience.

How Climate Change Is Destroying Our National Parks

The Active Times | Posted 09.09.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

America's national parks are being adversely affected by climate change, with temperatures becoming more extreme in recent years compared to the historical norms of the last century, a new study finds.

Official: Writer Found Near Mount Rainier Died Of Hypothermia

Reuters | Posted 08.23.2014 | Books

SEATTLE, June 24 (Reuters) - Prominent Seattle hiking enthusiast and author Karen Sykes, whose body was found near Mount Rainier after she disappear...

Rare Civil War Sword Turns Up In Hawaii

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts

It’s not every day one finds a beautiful antique sword that dates back to the Civil War and comes with its own fascinating history. When Honolulu...

A Step Toward Including LGBT Americans In The National Narrative

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 06.05.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — The announcement Friday that the National Park Service will begin installing markers at places of importance to the history of lesbi...

West Virginia's Poisoned River National Park

Pat LaMarche | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
Pat LaMarche

In the case of Blair Mountain, West Virginia's request for federal government resource protections are twofold: to protect the ecology of the mountain and to protect an integral part of the history of middle class gains against the brutal mining policies of the 19th and 20th centuries.

New Initiative To Focus On Preserving Historic LGBT Sites

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The National Park Service is launching an initiative to make places and people of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, ...

Restless Muse On Migrating Birds

Steve Zack | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Steve Zack

We are learning of the unbelievable distances birds travel.

The Privatization of the National Mall: America's Front Yard for Sale

Kim D. Stryker | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Kim D. Stryker

So while those VIP donors are enjoying their benefit luncheon on the Nation's Front Yard, we should all ask ourselves: should the National Mall be a manicured lawn with access limited to events with wealthy backers?

Taking The Long View Of The National Mall On Earth Day

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 06.21.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

Leave no trace is an ethos that pervades society's thinking about the great outdoors, and we need to extend that thinking to urban landscapes like the National Mall.

Thank the Women for the Cherry Trees

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 05.28.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

If you venture across the National Mall, you will find precious few memorials to women. At one end, Abraham Lincoln's stoic face scans the two-mile-long lawn. In the middle is the monument to George Washington.