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Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

FEATURED PARK: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

For a few fleeting months each year, the snows melt at Crater Lake, and this remote landscape becomes accessible to visitors for a magnificent summer season. The deepest body of fresh water in the United States, the lake rests inside a caldera formed by the massive volcanic eruption of Mount Mazama some 7,700 years ago, and is known for its remarkably clear, pure waters.

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300 Years for Clean Air? We Can’t Wait!

National parks are supposed to have the cleanest air in the country, yet decades of pollution have made it hard to see the majestic vistas, breathe the air, and preserve the land and wildlife. In some cases, it could take 300 years or more to bring the air quality back to its natural state. NPCA wants President Obama to act now to clear the air at our iconic places. View our new interactive map of the parks affected and take a moment to sign our petition!

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The Battle for a Grand Bargain

From an interpretive ranger who learned she would not be rehired this summer to a bed and breakfast owner struggling financially due to fewer tourists, budget cuts to national parks have had wide-ranging impacts on people around the country. Congress returns from its summer recess this month with just 11 working days to strike a federal budget agreement. Learn more about people affected and take action to tell lawmakers what’s at stake if they don’t fix the broken budget process.

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March on Washington

Five Decades Later, A Legacy Marches On

It was a watershed event in the civil rights movement and remains one of the largest and most influential demonstrations in U.S. history. Last week, the nation commemorated the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice, an event that brought hundreds of thousands of people together on the National Mall to fight for racial equality, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

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20 Years of “Helping Hands for Public Lands”

Saturday, September 28, marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, an annual event that honors our public spaces by encouraging people to pitch in and do something to help them. Last year alone, about 175,000 volunteers participated at 2,206 different work sites representing every state and the District of Columbia. This year, NPCA is helping to promote several events to clean up trash, improve trails, and remove invasives at national parks—come join us!

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Arches

“Four Stops, One Destination” Engages New Park Advocates

Hispanic Access Foundation President and visionary mom Maite Arce was deeply concerned about the threat fracking could have on the national parks of the Southwest and was looking for ways to engage more diverse advocates in fighting to protect them—especially Latinos and youth. Her brainchild: a ten-day, 950-mile “Four Stops, One Destination” tour to inspire people from all backgrounds to help protect some of our most picturesque desert parks—starting with her own family.

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The Fisher Kingdom: Restoring Native Animals to the Northwest

The Pacific fisher once roamed the forests of the Northwest—until logging and trapping completely wiped out their populations in the region. Fortunately, Park officials may soon reintroduce more of the endangered animals to Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks—if the Park Service approves the plan. You can encourage the agency to bring more of these animals back into their native habitat.

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ParkScapes Travel

ParkScapes Travel:
Yellowstone Wildlife Safari

Witness the enchantment of a Yellowstone National Park springtime as bear and wolf cubs and bison and elk calves venture out for all to see.

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National Parks magazine

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We can’t fit all of the month’s news into a single newsletter. If you enjoy Park Lines, be sure to check out Park Advocate, NPCA’s blog, for more national park news and photos from around the country. Subscribe to our RSS feed to get the latest stories, when you want to read them.

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

“This landscape, which inspired President Roosevelt and still inspires visitors today, is a big economic engine for the region. It’s also a powerful reminder that, even as we bear witness to a production boom in the Bakken, there are places important to America that are too special to drill and must be protected for future generations.”
-Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, speaking last month at Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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