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.
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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.