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JUNE 2013


Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts

FEATURED PARK: Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts

This seashore is a classic summer vacation spot with six beautiful beaches for swimming, hiking trails through marshlands and forests, bicycle trails, charming lighthouses, and even some fascinating history involving transatlantic communication.

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Fracking Could Harm Park Wildlife

Every year, fracking operations move closer to national park boundaries, and researchers are still studying the effects this development boom is having on the land, water, air, and wildlife. More than a third of the country’s national park sites lie directly above or within 25 miles of shale formations, meaning that the natural resources and animals in dozens of parks could be at risk. Learn more and take action to urge President Obama to enact safeguards for responsible oil and gas development near federal lands.

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Calutrons at Oak Ridge

Remembering the Girls—and Stories—of Atomic City

Sixty-five years after the making of the atomic bomb, author Denise Kiernan has managed to piece together a fascinating new angle on the history of this top-secret government project. Her book, The Girls of Atomic City, explores the predominantly young and female workers who enriched uranium in Oak Ridge, Tennessee—without knowing what it was for. Read our Q&A with the author and join her and other experts for our June 11 Google Hangout on the possible creation of a new Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

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Theresa Pierno

Meet NPCA’s New Acting President

Last month, NPCA President Tom Kiernan stepped down after 15 years of building a strong leadership team, increasing the size and scope of the organization, expanding our field work, and playing an instrumental role in our fundraising. Even as we say goodbye to a much-valued leader, we are pleased to share insights and vision from our Acting President Theresa Pierno on the goals and challenges NPCA faces as we continue to make significant progress on behalf of the national parks.

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Jim Stratton

Vacationing in the Last Frontier

If you’ve dreamed of traveling to Alaska, now is an ideal time to explore the state’s vast and wild national parks and the remarkable diversity of animals that roam, swim, and fly there, largely undisturbed by humans. NPCA’s Alaska Regional Director Jim Stratton has lived and worked in the Last Frontier for more than three decades and shares a few of his favorite trip ideas beyond the more common Denali experience.

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Friends Of VIIS

Virgin Islands National Parks Go Anchorless

Recreational boaters love Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument—these protected waters are a marine paradise for exploring. But boat anchors can disturb delicate corals and other ocean life. After more than a decade of planning and work, these parks are now offering more sustainable moorings throughout their bays, thanks to the dedication of their friends group.

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David-Graves at Obstruction Point Trail OLYM

What’s Your Favorite National Park Trail?

Last weekend outdoor lovers across America celebrated National Trails Day. NPCA marked the holiday by sharing some of our staff’s favorite trails around the country. From mountains and hoodoos to ancient Puebloan ruins and waterfalls, our list includes great ideas from coast to coast. What’s your favorite national park trail? Before you lace up your walking shoes, share your special hiking spot with us!

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Getting to Know You

NPCA’s work to protect and enhance our national parks simply wouldn’t be possible without folks like you behind us, and we strive to bring you the latest news, features, and alerts so you can stay current on the issues that affect these inspirational places. Help us make sure we’re delivering the right information in the right way by taking our online supporter survey. Thank you!

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Affordable Solar Power

This June, get $1,000 off home solar and Sungevity will donate $750 to NPCA. Sungevity creates affordable solar power through the solar lease.

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ParkScapes Travel

ParkScapes Travel:
New Year’s in Yellowstone

Ring in the New Year with NPCA on a wildlife viewing expedition in Yellowstone’s stunning winter landscapes.

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Photo Caption: Midway Geyser Basin in Yellowstone, Wyoming Stephan Hoerold/IStockPhoto

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"“Something that I often hear is, 'Why does it matter if you're the first black person to do this? The mountain doesn't care if you're black.' And it's true. Once you're on the mountain, it doesn't care if you're black. But by the time you're at the base of the mountain with the skills that you need, you're 75 percent of the way there, at least, and it's that road to get to the base of the mountain that I think a lot of people don't appreciate.”
-Adina Scott, a member of Expedition Denali, a team of African-American climbers who plan to summit Mount Denali in Denali National Park this month as a way to inspire youth of color
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