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Getting Outside to Heal Inside

Michael Cumming | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Michael Cumming

This is why I joined with more than 200 health and well-being professionals in Utah to send a letter to President Obama asking him to protect Greater Canyonlands to foster a healthy America.

Yellowstone in the Backyard: Time to Declare LA's San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.26.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

As we head into the final days of August, most Americans are looking for one last summer escape. Many people have to travel hundreds of miles to find a refuge from the crush of everyday life. But the 17 million people living in Greater Los Angeles can find wild beauty right in their backyards.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Calls On Agencies To Crack Down On Illegal Seafood

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that he plans to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to create the ...

New National Monument Preserves Hispanic Heritage

Maite Arce | Posted 07.20.2014 | Latino Voices
Maite Arce

Southern New Mexico's Organ Mountains Desert Peaks region will be protected by President Obama as a national monument on Wednesday, and rightfully so.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Plans To Designate New Monument, Republicans Plan To Freak Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama plans to announce a new national monument on Wednesday, protecting nearly half a million acres in southern New ...

Kate Sheppard

History Under Water: Climate Change Imperils Historic, Cultural Sites

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

On a bright, unseasonably hot morning in early May, Susan Meredith pushed her kayak off the banks of the Little Blackwater River, a shallow, 15-mile t...

Score Another One for Wilderness

Michael Brune | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

For more than a century, presidents have been using the Antiquities Act to save our national treasures, and President Obama's just-announced designation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico shows exactly why this law is so indispensable.

Washington Monument Reopens After Earthquake

AP | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A cross section of Americans awakened early and waited in line for hours to be among the first to ride to the top of the Washingto...

GOP Should Reclaim Its Conservation Roots

Ann Morgan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

The RNC is clearly on the wrong side of this issue. Surveys show it. Economic reports show it. Public sentiment shows it.

10 Fabulously Free Things to Do in D.C.!

Budget Travel | Posted 06.10.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Did you know that amid the trappings of office, pomp and ceremony, and glitz and glamor of Washington, D.C., you'll find more high-quality freebies than anywhere else on earth?

Five Reasons We Support the Antiquities Act (And You Should Too)

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Denise Ryan, Director of Public Lands Policy, Government Relations and Policy View from the Effigy Mounds National Monument, north of Mar...

Latest Assault on Public Lands an Affront to the Public

Ann Morgan | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

Citizens want to continue the proud American tradition of investing in the wildlife, open spaces, remote spots, clean air and fresh water that make this country stand out among other industrialized nations.

Monumental Folly

Ellis Richard | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Ellis Richard

The Antiquities Act is often our last hope for conserving our treasured landscapes. Now a new bill is attempting to gut it.

Kate Sheppard

House Republicans Push Bill Curbing Obama's Ability To Designate National Monuments

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

A Victory for the Mendocino Coast

Rep. Jared Huffman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
Rep. Jared Huffman

The environment and economy of the North Coast just scored a big victory. Last Tuesday, President Obama designated the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument, protecting these pristine and breathtaking coastal lands.

Protecting Pristine Lands for Future Generations

Dan Chu | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green
Dan Chu

Last week my wife and I drove up the legendary Highway One on the California coast. Our destination was somewhere about 100 miles north of San Francisco, planted on the windswept bluffs perched above the ocean.

10 Places Every American Should See

Budget Travel | Posted 03.26.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Think you know America's essential sights? Compare your past trips with our picks for domestic destinations every citizen should visit -- from pop culture icons to patriotic landmarks.

Kate Sheppard

Democrats Push Interior Department To Take Action, Protect New Land

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– A group of 109 Democratic House members is urging the Obama administration to use its executive authority to protect new public land. ...

Local Veterans and Senators Support Proposed Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Mark Starr | Posted 03.10.2014 | Green
Mark Starr

They do a lot of things well in New Mexico. It is truly a Land of Enchantment. However, one area to address is the protection of significant historical sites and artifacts within the state's borders.

Kate Sheppard

Will Congress Go ANOTHER Year Without Designating New Wilderness?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the law that created a new designation for public lands that retain their "p...

Secretary Jewell to Congress: Protect Our Lands -- Or President Obama Will

Gene Karpinski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Gene Karpinski

Just as the government shutdowns in the 1990s did, this year's shutdown highlighted the extent to which Americans treasure our parks for the recreation they provide and the stories they tell about our society.

Kate Sheppard

Interior Secretary Jewell Dings Congress For Failure To Fund Conservation Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In her first big public address since taking office, Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell laid out a vision for expanding conse...

New Monument Will Honor These Guys

AP | Posted 12.21.2013 | Travel

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The first national monument honoring the war dogs that have fought and died with U.S. troops while also bringing them comfort is ...

Government Shutdown Crushes Wedding Plans Nationwide

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

Amid a budget impasse, the government shutdown has now resulted in the closure of federally funded monuments and parks across the country. That means ...

Mount St. Helens Blew Apart Southwest Washington, But Now It's a Mighty Economic Engine

Ryan Cooper | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Ryan Cooper

Statements like "a cubic mile of rock" take on new meaning when that cubic mile is laid out in plain sight, like God attacked the mountain with a cosmic ice cream scoop.