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National Parks Conservation Association

Making More Room to Roam for Yellowstone Bison

Clark Bunting | Posted 07.01.2015 | Green
Clark Bunting

What is it about bison that could have a dozen different people from wildly different backgrounds grinning like Cheshire cats? And why do we have an obligation to protect them?

On World Oceans Day, Biscayne National Park Paves the Way for Protecting Corals and Fish Populations with New Marine Reserve

Theresa Pierno | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Theresa Pierno

After 15 years of hard work and planning, we are thrilled to celebrate a major victory at Biscayne National Park. The National Park Service recently announced plans to create a no-fishing marine reserve that will protect about a third of the park's reefs, which are in desperate need of recovery and stronger protections.

Celebrating Clean Water for America's National Parks

Theresa Pierno | Posted 05.28.2015 | Green
Theresa Pierno

Our nation and its national parks will have cleaner water thanks to President Obama. The Obama Administration just wrapped up a multi-year effort that protects the drinking water for 117 million Americans, as well as the waterways found in and around hundreds of national parks across the country.

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.

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...

Kate Sheppard

House Republicans Push Bill Curbing Obama's Ability To Designate National Monuments | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a Republican-backed bill that would make it more difficult for the president to declare new...

World Water Day: Reflections From Our National Parks

Theresa Pierno | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
Theresa Pierno

Across the country, our Great Waters, which are recognized for their national significance, provide drinking water for millions, support critical jobs...

Clean Water: The Solution, Not the Problem

Theresa Pierno | Posted 04.20.2014 | Green
Theresa Pierno

After decades of discussion and failed proposals, the landmark Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint should be replicated -- not attacked.

Celebrate National Estuaries Week and National Public Lands Day at a National Park Near You

Theresa Pierno | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
Theresa Pierno

As we celebrate National Estuaries Week andNational Public Lands Day this week, I encourage all of you to join citizens as they gather and volunteer in coastal areas and public lands across the country.

300 Years Is Too Long to Wait for Clean Air in Our National Parks

Theresa Pierno | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green
Theresa Pierno

Due to years of lax enforcement and regulatory loopholes, no American alive today will live to enjoy clear skies over the Grand Canyon and dozens of other national parks -- unless the Obama Administration takes action.

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 ...

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.

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.

National Parks: Are We Giving Up on Peace and Quiet to Allow More Noise?

Tom Kiernan | Posted 10.07.2012 | Green
Tom Kiernan

By downgrading protections for our greatest National Parks in order to allow noisy vehicles to drown out nature, we are not protecting these wonderful experiences so many generations before us have enjoyed.

Connecting Youth to Our National Parks

Tom Kiernan | Posted 06.20.2012 | Green
Tom Kiernan

Our national parks are America's living classrooms.

Taking Care of America's Best Idea

Tom Kiernan | Posted 04.09.2012 | Green
Tom Kiernan

We must address our unsustainable deficit, but we are also in the midst of a recession. In any economy, it just doesn't make sense to compromise America's "best idea," our national parks.

Report Stresses Need For Renewed Support Of National Parks

Posted 11.18.2011 | Green

How much funding should America's national parks receive? With ongoing debate over the national deficit and talks for reducing the federal budget, the...

DOJ Defends Bush Law Permitting Concealed Weapons In Parks

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration is legally defending a last-minute rule enacted by President George W. Bush that allows concealed firearms in national parks,...

White House reverses experts on Yellowstone policy

AP | JIM DRINKARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service wanted to close a section of Yellowstone Park in the wintertime because of the risk of avalanche. No way,...