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President Trump may have fired his Defense Secretary yesterday, but at least the administration did one good thing. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that all U.S. military veterans and gold star families are now eligible to get free access to national parks, wildlife refuges, and thousands of other recreation areas. The passes ordinarily cost $80, but now with a military or veterans ID, those who have served can gain free entry to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites and 400 million acres of public lands. Those who are in the military — active and reserve — were already eligible for free annual passes, but now they are entitled to free park entry for the rest of their lives! That is a great way for all of us to say thank you for your service.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Today, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released its 2021 Plowprint Report, which tracks the amount of grasslands lost to plow-up each year. This year’s study found that plow-up across the Great Plains has only continued to accelerate, releasing exorbitant amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. The report concludes that […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer With global temperatures rising and rainfall patterns changing, global agriculture is shifting too — with big changes projected. Places like Siberia and northern Canada that have been too frigid for farming in centuries past are expected to become cropland by the end of the century. But it’s not a […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The National Park Service has closed down a large swathe of Alaska’s Denali National Park after excessive permafrost thawing caused landslide activity near the park’s only access road. The access road is now closed, blocking entry to about half of the park. Park officials say that although there have been landslides in […]
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