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JULY 2013


Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

FEATURED PARK: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Seven thousand feet above the valley of Jackson Hole, the Teton Range dominates the landscape with its jagged granite pinnacles. Summer is an ideal time to explore this magnificent park and its 200 miles of trails, after most of the snow has melted and wildflowers are bursting with color.

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My Park Story

What’s Your Park Story?

This spring, we asked you to share a favorite national park photo with us to show our elected leaders what’s at stake if we don't fund these beloved places. Now, we've turned these keepsakes into a new website—with more opportunities to share! Our new My Park Story site makes it easier to explore the many beautiful memories park lovers around the country have contributed—with an improved platform to tell decision-makers why these places matter to you.

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Joshua Tree

Victory! Landfill Plans Trashed at Joshua Tree

After a 15-year battle, NPCA and hundreds of thousands of park advocates have finally defeated plans to build the country's largest landfill in a wilderness area bordered on three sides by Joshua Tree National Park that provides vital habitat for the endangered desert tortoise. The Los Angeles County Sanitation District officially announced it would pursue a smarter waste-management strategy—resulting in a real win for all involved.

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Buffalo National River

An Industrial Hog Farm Near a National River?

A supplier for the international meat manufacturer Cargill recently built a massive factory farm with thousands of confined pigs just six miles upstream from Buffalo National River in Arkansas. NPCA and our partners are fighting the location of this farm, which could send two million gallons of pig waste a year into a pristine watershed where thousands of people fish, boat, and swim. Please ask Cargill’s CEO to relocate the facility.

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Jeff Billington

Why America’s Best Places Create the Best Memories

How do national parks create memories so vibrant they remain like perfect pictures in our minds decades later? Jeff Billington takes a journey back to 1982 to share his experience as a five-year-old boy on a quintessential American road trip—and why that week of his life is still so significant to him now.

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Remembering Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg--which took place 150 years ago this month--was a watershed event in our nation's history that led to the freedom of more than four million enslaved people. One historian shares why it is so important to broaden our understanding of the Civil War as we commemorate these landmark events in our nation's history.

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Friends of the Parks

Is Your Rep a Friend of the National Parks?

Despite the partisan gridlock on controversial issues in Washington, D.C., many of America’s legislators genuinely try to do the right thing when it comes to our national parks. Every two years, NPCA recognizes those members of Congress that use their votes to help protect the parks. Is your representative on the list?

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Trustees for the Parks

Get the New Trustees for the Parks Newsletter

Learn more about Trustees for the Parks, our generous members who provide NPCA with the financial strength to act quickly when urgent threats to our national parks arise. Download the summer newsletter with features on NPCA’s work to protect the Everglades, night skies in national parks, and America’s National Parks pop-up book.

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ParkScapes Travel

ParkScapes Travel:
Announcing 2014 Trips

A new collection of ParkScapes tours is now available. Our 2014 trips include a dozen departures to America's national parks and a special tour to the Patagonia region of Argentina.

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Nature Valley

Preserve the Parks

For the fourth consecutive year, Nature Valley is partnering with NPCA to help preserve America's national parks for generations to come. The Preserve the Parks™ program has provided more than $1.8 million in funding for restoration projects since 2010.

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“In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy.”
-John Sawhill (1936-2000), former president of the Nature Conservancy
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