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Buffalo National River, Arkansas

FEATURED PARK: Buffalo National River, Arkansas

Congress designated the Buffalo as America’s first national river back in 1972; today, it remains one of the last undammed rivers in the country. In recent months, NPCA has helped protect its sensitive waters by taking legal action against an unprecedented factory farm that sits on a major tributary of the river. See the stunning landscape that supporters like you are helping to preserve.

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Time to Act

Last month, prominent members of Congress professed their love for national parks—including lawmakers who have repeatedly cut millions of dollars from Park Service funding and who forced federal agencies and national parks to close during the government shutdown. NPCA calls on all of our congressional leaders to act—and you can help.

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Do We Need a National Park Service?

Several states helped lessen the economic hardship from the federal government shutdown last month by paying to open a handful of national parks on a case-by-case basis. It raised the question for many: Why don’t states normally manage national parks? Here are five big reasons.

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NPCA Names New President and CEO

Clark Bunting officially takes the helm next week as NPCA's new president and CEO. The former head of the Discovery Channel and ardent conservationist will help lead the national parks movement into its second century. Read our Q&A to learn more about Clark and his priorities for the future.

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New Sandy Recovery Funding Continues Smart Rebuilding Strategy

One year ago, Superstorm Sandy devastated New York and New Jersey. Fortunately, the story didn’t end there. Congress passed a historic, bipartisan funding bill that continues to benefit people and parks throughout the region. Last month, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced new incentives to help national parks recover.

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Chavez

One Year Later, More Opportunities to Share Chávez’s Legacy

Last month, the Park Service recommended expanding the national park sites devoted to the legacy of influential civil rights leader César Chávez and the farm labor movement he founded. NPCA strongly supports preserving more of the important places commemorating Chávez’s life and the victories he achieved for workers’ rights through decades of nonviolent organizing.

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Yosemite

Yosemite: An Insider’s View

Millions of visitors flock to Yosemite each year to experience its towering granite rock formations, dramatic waterfalls, and giant sequoia trees. But what makes a trip to such a popular park truly extraordinary? One NPCA staffer gets a special glimpse into the wonders and history of this unique place and shares how it inspires his work.

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Nature Valley

Quietest Show on Earth
Exclusive Tracks

On October 8th, Nature Valley hosted the “Quietest Show on Earth” featuring Andrew Bird with special guest Tift Merritt. The show was an intimate, acoustic performance to celebrate America’s National Parks. Download exclusive tracks from the show and support the parks by making a donation here.

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Check out the latest issue of National Parks magazine, which features a photo essay on the Channel Islands, a trip to Cuyahoga Valley, and a look at students conducting underwater research at New York City's Harbor School.

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Just Green

Green Your Lifestyle and Help Support Clean Air in Our Parks

Every one of us creates carbon emissions in our day-to-day activities. JustGreen offers lifestyle products to help reduce your carbon footprint and donates 5% of every carbon offset membership purchased to support NPCA’s Clean Air and Climate program. Join JustGreen today and help raise awareness of NPCA’s work to protect our parks and lungs from pollution.

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Support National Parks While You Work

Making a donation through payroll deduction is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to help NPCA preserve and protect America’s national parks. We participate in many public and private-sector campaigns through EarthShare, including the Combined Federal Campaign for employees of the federal government and the U.S. military (CFC # 12069). Learn more about how your employer can host a workplace giving campaign by visiting www.earthshare.org.

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