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The National Parks Americas Best Idea

Backcountry Camping, Everglades National Park

Stefanie Payne | Posted 01.25.2016 | Travel
Stefanie Payne

Islands covered in mangrove trees, with their wrangling and tyrannical roots, are not made for walking on or pitching a tent if you get lost among the...

Paper Mill Owner: Maine Woods National Park No Threat to Wood Supply

Cynthia Dill | Posted 02.18.2012 | Green
Cynthia Dill

The comments deal a serious blow to one of opponents' key claims against a proposal to use 70,000 acres plus a $40 million maintenance endowment to form the nation's 59th national park.

Tell Your Senators to Protect Our National Parks From Global Warming

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.07.2009 | Green
Frances Beinecke

But despite our country's valiant efforts to protect these iconic lands, the national parks are now facing the most powerful threat in their history -- global warming.

Reflections on The National Parks Series and Reform

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Over time, I am confident that most of the people who stand in the way of moral progress will be forgotten, just like most of the individuals who stood in the way of John Muir and Steven Mather.

A Desperate Need for Nature

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Snuggled under all my soft and comfy organic bedding, I am feeling all warm and wonderful, while the air in the room is sweet, cool, and so refreshing. It's an elixir that is priceless.

Best Government Dollar Spent: The National Park System

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I encourage everyone, no matter what part of these United States you live in (or even if you live elsewhere), to take a "trip out West" at some point in your life. Get in a car, and go explore everything west of Denver.

Q&A: Ken Burns on Climate Change, Wolf Hunting and Why Yellowstone Isn't "Geyser World"

Scott Dodd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Dodd

"The national parks are the first time in human history that land has been set aside -- not for kings or noblemen or the very rich -- but for everybody, and for all time," Burns said.

National Parks: America's Best Idea

Allison Whipple Rockefeller | Posted 05.05.2016 | New York
Allison Whipple Rockefeller

Welcome to your American inheritance: 84 million acres comprising 58 national parks, with 333 historic monuments, seashores, and battlefields.

Burns' PBS National Parks: Wonders For All to Behold

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bill Mann

Burns' 12-hour, 6-part series, aptly named, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, starts Sunday night on PBS and runs all next week. You should try to watch it in hi-def, but do watch it.

Best Idea: See for Yourself What's Worth Saving

Susan Smartt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Smartt

Instilling in our children a strong personal connection to our National Parks can be a catalyst for life-long conservation and stewardship.

Unfinished Business in Our National Parks

Will Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Will Rogers

"America's best idea" still isn't complete. If we don't grow the system, we risk loving to death the parks that we have.

Burns, Baby, Burns

Kathryn McGarr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kathryn McGarr

At the concert in Central Park Wednesday night, Ken Burns was inspiring -- and used words like "apotheosis" and "inexorable," just to see if we were paying attention -- and was his usual energetic, charming self.

Ken Burns' New National Parks Documentary Starts Slowly, But Gets Better

Levi Novey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Levi Novey

I suspect those who only watch the first few episodes will be teetering on the edge of boredom. Those who stay around longer, or just cherry-pick an episode to watch among the later ones will end up much more excited and satisfied.