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Our hearts go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy, and we are deeply saddened by the unprecedented destruction and loss. For the latest information on national parks that suffered damage from the storm, please visit the National Park Service Digest.

North Cascades National Park

FEATURED PARK: North Cascades National Park Service Complex, Washington

It's no wonder North Cascades National Park is considered one of the best mountain-climbing destinations in the Northwest. The park takes its name from the stately Cascade Range, featuring peaks as high as 9,000 feet and more glaciers than any other region in the continental United States. Not to be overlooked, however, are the park's two major lakes, Ross and Chelan, and the diverse waters that also distinguish these 685,000 breathtaking acres.

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This Election Matters for National Parks

Last month, we asked you to sign our petition to the presidential candidates, urging them to prioritize and fully fund national parks in 2013 and beyond, and more than 64,000 park lovers stood up to defend these inspirational places. Last week, we delivered the petition to both campaigns to show that Americans overwhelmingly support our national parks. Next, we must tell the winner the real work is ahead to protect America's heritage.

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Tabernacle Dome

Land within Zion Saved from Development

Thanks to an anonymous donor, a 30-acre parcel of private land inside Zion National Park will be protected from development and incorporated into the park. NPCA and The Trust for Public Land helped coordinate the $825,000 donation that will ensure this amazing piece of land at the base of Tabernacle Dome is protected, and the view from above unspoiled. Unfortunately, more sites remain at risk.

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Wolves under Fire in Wyoming

Should a recovering species be aggressively hunted? NPCA doesn't think so. Last month, the state of Wyoming began allowing gray wolf hunts, even though the species was just removed from the endangered list. Not only is this a bad wildlife management plan, killing these animals could have serious implications for Wyoming's national parks and the larger ecosystems they protect.

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Cuyahoga Valley

Happy 40th Anniversary, Clean Water Act

Last month, the landmark legislation protecting America's waters turned 40—and we've come a long way over the last four decades in protecting our right to swim, drink, and fish safely. NPCA's Great Waters program manager reflects on how notoriously polluted sites such as the Cuyahoga River have healed dramatically as a result of these protections, and how we must continue to make progress cleaning up this precious natural resource.

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hikers in Rocky Mountain NP

Embracing Diversity at National Parks

Programs at national parks should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve—but do they? One Park Service employee believes that park staff and community members should go "beyond outreach" to deeply involve new audiences, and she shares six key ways to engage diverse youth in particular. She also encourages all supporters to get involved with their local parks to bring new faces, voices, and ideas to the table.

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Victory in Wyoming's Hoback Basin

A Houston-based company had planned to develop 136 natural gas wells near Grand Teton National Park. These wells could have severely harmed the Hoback Basin, an area cherished by Wyoming residents for its spectacular scenery, recreational opportunities, and wildlife. Thanks to the work of Wyoming communities, conservation groups, and concerned citizens, these 58,000 acres will now be protected in perpetuity.

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Your Purchases Can Support NPCA

This holiday season, let your purchases support NPCA when you use your NPCA credit card. Once you're approved for an NPCA affinity credit card, a contribution will be made to NPCA for every purchase you make with that card. Plus, NPCA receives a contribution for every affinity card account that is opened. Credit approval required. Terms and conditions apply. To learn more, visit

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2013 Yosemite Trips

NPCA's "Springtime in Yosemite" tour has sold out! But don't worry—we've added an "Autumn in Yosemite" tour, departing October 2013. Limited space available.

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Alpenglow on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, California © Mike Norton/Dreamstime



The fall issue of National Parks is out with articles featuring Yosemite's Buffalo Soldiers, farmers in the Chesapeake Bay area, and an excursion to the beaches of Gulf Islands and Canaveral National Seashores. Subscribe to get your copy!

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Support National Parks at the Office

NPCA depends on the generous support of donors who contribute through direct payroll deductions. We participate in several workplace charity campaigns, including the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #12069) for federal workers and the U.S. military, EarthShare®, and numerous state, municipal, and private campaigns. Simply designate National Parks Conservation Association during your workplace giving campaign, and your contribution will support our efforts to preserve and protect America's national parks.

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-Robert Garcia of The City Project in his blog story, "If You Want Jobs and Justice, Keep Our National Parks Open"
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