NPCA AT WORK:
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National parks encompass vast wilderness areas and grand landscapes, yet so many of America’s greatest treasures come in much smaller packages. These 12 teeniest national park sites measure less than one acre each, though they share enormous stories of struggle, leadership, tragedy, and creative spirit.
Clearing the Air
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National parks should have clean air, but do they? NPCA’s latest report, Polluted Parks, found that every one of the 48 national parks with the greatest Clean Air Act protections are plagued by air pollution and climate change impacts. Fortunately, the Obama administration has the power to strengthen park air protections—and you can help.
Parks After Dark: 9 Ideas for Nighttime Fun
NPS photo by Mike Shaw
Summer nights may be short, but national parks often host extra activities to educate and entertain visitors during this popular tourist season, including more fun things to do after dark. Whether you’re exploring on your own or hanging out with a ranger, try a few of these excuses to stay out late in special places.
Protect the James River from Ill-Sited Power Lines
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The James River in Virginia is virtually unchanged since Captain John Smith explored its waters 400 years ago. Yet a local power company wants to build a new transmission line with 17 gigantic towers through this culturally rich waterway. Please urge developers to explore other locations for this project, which could destroy a seminal part of American history.