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Channel Islands National Park, California

FEATURED PARK: Channel Islands National Park, California

The five islands of Channel Islands National Park offer a tremendous diversity of life in a small amount of space, including 145 plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth. A boat ticket from park concessioners Island Packers at the Ventura or Oxnard harbors will let you explore the parks’ isolated trails, rocky beaches, and pristine coves in relative solitude.

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You Oughtta Be in Pictures

NPCA needs your help. We educate our country’s leaders about threats like funding shortfalls, climate change, and air pollution. But our work is about much more—in the end, we’re fighting to protect the memories you haven’t yet made. That’s where you come in. We want photos of your favorite park memories, to remind our leaders what's at stake. Photos of you smiling on a mountaintop… exhausted after paddling upstream for hours… taking a sip of hot chocolate by the campfire. We’ll feature the best images in an advocacy video this spring.

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New Proof the Parks Are in Peril

A recently disclosed Park Service memo suggests that officials in the agency are poised to slash park budgets across the board by a damaging 5 percent in the absence of a clear federal budget and with the impending “fiscal cliff” still on the horizon for March 1. The plans reveal the severity of the situation—including reductions to park employees, fewer visitor services, and possible closures to parts of parks. If Congress does not act, these cuts will likely affect all 398 parks and monuments, as well as the visitors, employees, and business that depend on them.

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The Legacy of Fred Korematsu

Last week, three states commemorated Fred Korematsu Day, the first day in U.S. history named for an Asian American. A lifelong advocate for civil rights, Fred Korematsu made history in 1942 when he challenged the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. His resistance and arrest resulted in a landmark Supreme Court ruling, and his case eventually helped uncover grave wrongdoing by the American government. Learn how Korematsu and the Park Service have helped to teach new generations about a dark period in U.S. history.

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A Renewed Fight to Fund the River of Grass

NPCA co-chairs the Everglades Coalition, which recently held its 28th annual conference—an event that celebrates the River of Grass and its world-class resources. Environmental leaders at the three-day gathering called on Congress to break its partisan deadlock and fund restoration work in the park and bring critically needed jobs to South Florida. Great Waters Program Manager Sarah Gaines Barmeyer shares some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for one of America’s most iconic places.

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Giving Back to America’s Most Popular National Park

Don Barger, NPCA’s southeast regional director, really, really loves Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That's why he recently took to the majestic vistas of Hemphill Bald with 30 other volunteers to, in his words, “put a little sweat equity back into a landscape that has served my life as both a foundation and a refuge.” Read his reflections, learn about the restoration work he helped accomplish, and witness the healing power of granola in his colorful blog post on this Nature Valley-sponsored improvement project.

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Grand Teton Gets $16 Million, Just in Time

NPCA helped secure federal funding to purchase threatened land along the Snake River that will now be incorporated into Grand Teton National Park. The measure passed just in the nick of time, a few days before the congressional term ended. This land was particularly attractive to developers; now, it will be preserved as a public resource. This is an important victory for the park, but more work must be done to save an additional 1,320 acres before upcoming deadlines in 2014 and 2015.

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Historic Lands, Landmarks, and Locomotives

Historic Lands, Landmarks, and Locomotives

Traverse the Colorado Rockies with NPCA! We’ll visit three national parks along the way. Join our free webinar on Monday, February 11 to get all the details about this great trip.

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The winter issue of National Parks is out with features on sustainable (and much more palatable) food options for park visitors, a riveting tour of three Civil War sites, and innovative new road crossings that help protect wildlife from vehicle traffic in and around Glacier National Park. Subscribe to get your copy!

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Favorite Stories, by Park Advocates for Park Advocates

NPCA’s blog just celebrated its one-year anniversary! Read our editor’s picks for a few of the best stories of 2012, and subscribe to our RSS feed to get the latest posts, when you want to read them.

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