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How Family Summer Car Trips Benefit From a Little-Known Program

Will Rogers | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Will Rogers

Many people who live in cities won't be able to jump in the car, but they still should have a place to get outside experience the both the wonders of nature and the legacy of the American experience.

How Climate Change Is Destroying Our National Parks

The Active Times | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

America's national parks are being adversely affected by climate change, with temperatures becoming more extreme in recent years compared to the historical norms of the last century, a new study finds.

Official: Writer Found Near Mount Rainier Died Of Hypothermia

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books

SEATTLE, June 24 (Reuters) - Prominent Seattle hiking enthusiast and author Karen Sykes, whose body was found near Mount Rainier after she disappear...

Rare Civil War Sword Turns Up In Hawaii

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts

It’s not every day one finds a beautiful antique sword that dates back to the Civil War and comes with its own fascinating history. When Honolulu...

A Step Toward Including LGBT Americans In The National Narrative

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 06.05.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — The announcement Friday that the National Park Service will begin installing markers at places of importance to the history of lesbi...

West Virginia's Poisoned River National Park

Pat LaMarche | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
Pat LaMarche

In the case of Blair Mountain, West Virginia's request for federal government resource protections are twofold: to protect the ecology of the mountain and to protect an integral part of the history of middle class gains against the brutal mining policies of the 19th and 20th centuries.

New Initiative To Focus On Preserving Historic LGBT Sites

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The National Park Service is launching an initiative to make places and people of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, ...

Restless Muse On Migrating Birds

Steve Zack | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Steve Zack

We are learning of the unbelievable distances birds travel.

The Privatization of the National Mall: America's Front Yard for Sale

Kim D. Stryker | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Kim D. Stryker

So while those VIP donors are enjoying their benefit luncheon on the Nation's Front Yard, we should all ask ourselves: should the National Mall be a manicured lawn with access limited to events with wealthy backers?

Taking The Long View Of The National Mall On Earth Day

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 06.21.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

Leave no trace is an ethos that pervades society's thinking about the great outdoors, and we need to extend that thinking to urban landscapes like the National Mall.

Thank the Women for the Cherry Trees

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 05.28.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

If you venture across the National Mall, you will find precious few memorials to women. At one end, Abraham Lincoln's stoic face scans the two-mile-long lawn. In the middle is the monument to George Washington.

New Look, Same Great Mission

Neil Mulholland | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Neil Mulholland

This week, we began a new chapter in our story at the National Park Foundation. We have unveiled a new look -- one that underscores our role as the...

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...

Landing on Park Place Before You Pass Go

Ellis Richard | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
Ellis Richard

While our parks may not be the total cure to our nation's fiscal challenges, these numbers show that parks are an economically powerful and positive economic engine actually helping us get our fiscal house back in order.

These People Are Forcing California Parks To Close

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.04.2014 | Green

It ain't easy being beautiful -- just ask a California redwood tree. Prized for their beauty, age and size, California’s precious redwood trees ...

A Who's Who of Historic Preservation Organizations

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
National Trust for Historic Preservation

By Sarah Heffern Elizabeth Vehmeyer, of the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program, learns surveying techniques in Alexandr...

"See America" Campaign Is About Connecting and Reconnecting Americans to Our National Parks

Theresa Pierno | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Theresa Pierno

Over 75 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched a New Deal program called the Federal Art Project to help put the nation's artists to work...

What's the Big Idea? Debating the Future of a Great Urban Park

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 03.09.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

The current, rather frothy debate about proposed development at Crissy Field in the Presidio at San Francisco's Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which arguably ranks in significance with New York's Central Park and Washington, DC's National Mall, deserves more national attention.

Workers Will Try Again To Save Stranded Pilot Whales

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO and SUZETTE LABOY | Posted 12.05.2013 | Miami

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife workers are returning to Everglades National Park in Florida on Thursday to try leading 41 pilot whal...

Energy Bills Would Limit the 'Public' in Our Public Lands

Ann Morgan | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

What happened to the concern for the lands that belong to all Americans?

Up the Creek, With a Paddle: Urban Stream Restoration and Daylighting (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

As cities work to rebuild and repair their infrastructure, one resource they are beginning to turn to is the rivers and creeks that flow through urban areas.

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...

Republicans Shoot America in the Foot

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans can pummel their own party if they want to, but what's amazing is that 18 of them in the Senate and 144 in the House voted against restoring government services and paying America's debts.

GOP Rep Regrets His Outburst Against Park Ranger

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics

The Tea Party congressman who went after a National Park Service ranger during the 2013 government shutdown has apparently had a change of heart. C...

Tea Partiers Exploited the National Park Service as a Prop While Attempting to Abolish It

Bob Cesca | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

When tea party lawmakers stand on National Park Service land and exploit a NPS monument as a backdrop in their strategy to undermine the U.S. economy, it tends to ring hollow knowing how the GOP has been at war against funding for the NPS.