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Never Forget: The Flight 93 National Memorial

Neil Mulholland | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Neil Mulholland

The National Park Foundation has been proud to lead the private fundraising efforts to establish and build the Memorial, ensuring its place in American history will be forever protected and passed on to future generations.

Austerity: No Walk in the Park

Jesse Marks | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green
Jesse Marks

Unfortunately, the sequester is only the latest of a series of actions that have cut funding to America's national park system. In fact, in a recent study, all but one of the 23 national parks surveyed have seen budgets decline consistently since 2010 (some by more than 25 percent).

The Best 97th Birthday Present for the National Parks Service? More Parks.

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Jeffrey Levi

Safe and maintained places to be active and exercise are essential to solving the nation's childhood obesity crisis -- if kids can't go out into their neighborhoods and play, we'll never be able to increase physical activity.

The Bush Presidential Museum Has Erased the New Orleans Katrina Story

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Sandy Rosenthal

The exhibit does not examine the catastrophic failure of levees built by the Army Corps of Engineers; rather it only describes the new flood protection structures put in place since Katrina.

PHOTOS: Mysterious Debris Has Really Cool Backstory

Posted 07.09.2013 | Miami

Two marine researchers kayaking in the Florida Keys on the Fourth of July came across a surprising find: a piece of space junk launched from over 2,00...

House Passes Bill Aiming To Honor Buffalo Soldiers

AP | TRACIE CONE | Posted 06.19.2013 | Black Voices

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In the decades after the Civil War, the nation's first black Army regiments guarded Yosemite and Sequoia national parks against ...

National Parks To Serve Healthier, More Sustainable Food

Posted 06.05.2013 | Green

No matter how hard you try, it can be really challenging to eat healthy while on vacation. Say you're visiting a national park, for example. You're st...

Create National Park Memories This Summer and Beyond

Theresa Pierno | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Theresa Pierno

National parks are the soul of America, telling our diverse stories and teaching valuable lessons about our shared heritage. As we look to the future, we must ask ourselves what is the legacy we will leave behind for our children and grandchildren?

Amanda Terkel

Sequestration Hits National Parks Just In Time For Tourist Season | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As people all over the world gear up for their vacations in America's national parks this summer, they should get ready for dirty toilet...

Of Time and the River

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 07.02.2013 | Science
Mary Ellen Hannibal

While there is no doubt Native American peoples have had a much more salubrious relationship with the things of nature than Anglos have, there is plenty of evidence that tribes exhausted resources just like Europeans-Americans did/do.

Rock on

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

The truly grand facade stares at you, timeless. But of course time is what makes it. As my observation telescoped and expanded to try and (unsuccessfully) comprehend, a raptor silhouette made a long, graceful stitch in the scene.

National Parks Deserve to Be Protected From Oil and Gas Development

Tom Kiernan | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Tom Kiernan

We must not allow large-scale oil and gas field development via fracking to pollute and deplete park watersheds, foul park air quality, fragment habitat for park wildlife, and create excessive industrial sound, and light pollution near our parks.

From Mojave to Gobi: Sharing What Works in California to Help Guide Mongolia's Future

The Nature Conservancy in California | Posted 06.23.2013 | Green
The Nature Conservancy in California

At 500,000 square miles, the Gobi is the fifth largest desert in the world, and nearly all of it is undeveloped.

Three Years Later: Gulf Coast Still Recovering From BP Oil Spill

Tom Kiernan | Posted 06.18.2013 | Green
Tom Kiernan

Though officials advised against it, I reached down to pick up some of the brown sand and felt the oil between my fingertips. I was not prepared for the stinging sensation on my fingers -- a slight and persistent chemical sting.

Issa Claims Official Feeds Fears Of Big Cuts

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Facing withering criticism from House Republicans, the director of the National Park Service Tuesday rejected suggestions the agenc...

Telling the Whole Story of America

Sec. Ken Salazar | Posted 06.11.2013 | Green
Sec. Ken Salazar

When I took office, too few national historic landmarks focused on the lives of women, Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos or other diverse communities that make up the fabric of our nation.

Sequestering the Parks

Mike Smith | Posted 06.09.2013 | Green
Mike Smith

If sequestration is not stopped, grand bargain or not, we are likely to lose critical park resources and ecosystems are not protected while we wait.

National Parks: Antiquities Act Strengthens Our Best Idea

Tom Kiernan | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
Tom Kiernan

We applaud President Obama for listening and responding to the voices of countless Americans who share our desire to protect and preserve places of great natural, cultural, and historical wonder.

GOP Suffers Big Yellow Taxi Syndrome

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans never knew what their districts had gotten from the federal government. Until it was gone. Until after they'd paved it over with the sequester. Now they're stalled in an economically barren parking lot of their own creation.

Funding Discussion Shares Creative Solutions for National Park Funding Woes

Tom Kiernan | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Tom Kiernan

Can responsible policies and creative thinking lead to more sustainable, diversified funding for our national parks and create revenue streams that are less affected by political cycles and ideological standoffs?

PHOTOS: The Newest National Park Is Right In Our Backyard

Aaron Sankin | Posted 03.13.2013 | San Francisco

Meet Pinnacles, America's newest national park. And if you're lucky enough to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's right in your back yard. Dot...

Cycling Out the Cyclorama

Bonnie Burnham | Posted 05.07.2013 | Arts
Bonnie Burnham

The demolition raises significant questions about the thinking behind the demolition and the federal review process, under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, which ultimately allowed the demolition to proceed.

How Long Will It Take Just To Build The Scaffolding?

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 03.07.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Workers have started building scaffolding around the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument to make repairs to stonework damaged in a 2011 ea...

Who Cares About Science?

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 04.24.2013 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Dear Readers, Sarah Rolph, a freelance writer, has written an essay in response to Helen Grieco's Huffington Post Green piece a few days ago about th...

About 1 in 10 Homeless Kids Live in Texas

Pat LaMarche | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Kids without homes -- more than a million according to the U.S. Department of Education -- present unique challenges.