• photo of a lion, the hills of Hollywood and the Hollywood sign behindAn LA Story
    In the hills near Hollywood, a lone mountain lion is challenging us to prove that humans and wildlife can coexist.
    by Miguel Ordeñana
  • artwork depicting a person on a hill, set on a folded piece of paperFinding Time for Our Parks
    We are visiting more parks but spending less time in them. What does this mean for the future of our wild spaces?
    by John de Graaf
  • photo of the night sky, with the shadow of a stone monolith silhouettedSacred Lands
    The NPS’s efforts to help tribes access sacred sites within national parks is a work in progress.
    by Dorothy FireCloud
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Latest News

Obama Creates World’s Largest Protected Marine Area Off Hawaii

Expanded Papahānaumokuākea marine national monument is now more than twice the size of Texas

Barack Obama has created the world’s largest marine protected area by expanding an existing ocean reserve off Hawaii to cover 582,578 square miles, providing what’s likely to be the grandest, and final, chapter in the president’s conservation legacy. photo by NOAA’s National Ocean ServiceBigeye…
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A Birthday Gift for NPS: Obama Creates Maine Woods National Monument

Decades of efforts to establish a national park in Maine’s vast North Woods region pay off

In honor of the National Park Service, which turns 100 today, President Obama yesterday signed into law the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine using his authority under the Antiquities Act. Obama’s action follows in the tradition of many other…
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Illegal Herbicide Use on GMO Crops Causing Massive Damage to Vegetable Farms

Dicamba can drift for miles after spraying, harming non-target crops

Last year, Kade McBroom launched a non-GMO soybean processing plant in Malden, Missouri, and was optimistic about the potential to serve the fast-growing non-GMO market. photo by CAFNRA soybean field in Missouri. Monsanto's GMO crops can tolerate sprays of dicamba, but other…
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Feds Move Oil & Gas Lease Auctions Online in Effort to Avoid Opposition

23.8 million acres of leases in Gulf of Mexico are being auctioned today amid protests from community activists and environmentalists

This morning, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will auction 23.8 million acres of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico. Today’s sale is the agency’s first attempt at auctioning oil and gas leases using an online, livestream auction…
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Moving Past the Transportation Gridlocks in Our National Parks

To reduce the impact of vehicles on our parks, we need to make them accessible via public transit

As the train snakes along the inner Bay, I relax into my Amtrak seat and settle into that euphoric feeling I have every time I leave the city and aim for the mountains. Looking out the viewing car window, I already see…
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Native American Protesters Will Defy North Dakota Pipeline Construction ‘For as Long as it Takes’

Some 2,000 activists have descended on the site of the $3.7 billion pipeline construction project

Joey Montoya, like other protesters near Cannon Ball, at the northern boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, sees himself as not just protecting the local community from a new oil pipeline — but also the country and the earth.…
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Coral Reefs Need Big Fish Pee

New research shows overfishing of large, predatory fish can deplete reefs of key nutrients

Fish pee. OK, I suppose I kind of knew that, but somehow the thought fish they pee right where they swim never crossed my mind. Now I’m learning that the waters around thriving coral colonies are liberally laced with fish urine. I’m…
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Voices

Betty Reid-Soskin
The National Park Service’s oldest ranger sees herself as an “evolving person in an evolving nation in an evolving universe.”
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Jordan Fisher Smith
Author and former wilderness ranger talks about the implications of our efforts to engineer nature.
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Jose Gonzalez
The founder of Latino Outdoors describes his path to finding his role as an ambicultural leader
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Rue Mapp
Outdoor Afro founder shares how African Americans have a deep, intergenerational connection to nature and the outdoors.
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Lynnea Shuck
The former Brower Youth Award winner ruminates on how spending time outdoors allows us to connect not only with the natural world, but with each other as well.
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Current Issue

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Where the Wild Things Are

We can no longer think of our cities or towns as exempt from the natural world – or as off limits to wildlife
By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

The Making of a National Park

Why locals want Arizona’s Chiricahua National Monument to become the nation’s next national park
By Jackie Dishner

Room for More

There is no better time to put forward a bold vision of an expanded national park system
By Michael Kellett

Afterword: Doug Tompkins

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