Biden Takes Strong Stance Opposing Pebble Mine and Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

Biden Takes Strong Stance Opposing Pebble Mine and Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden over the weekend stated his strong opposition to two prominent mining projects –the Pebble Mine in Alaska and possible uranium mining adjacent to the Grand Canyon — with huge impacts on local economies and Native American communities nearby.

Why This Matters:  Biden understands the importance of both these pristine areas to ALL Americans, and especially their importance to Indigenous Americans.

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One COVID Vaca Thing: What You Need To Know To Travel By RV

One COVID Vaca Thing: What You Need To Know To Travel By RV

With air travel more difficult and risky this year, many families are taking vacations the old-fashioned way — by going on a road trip.  And we hear that renting a recreational vehicle or RV is quite popular.  It is a great way to “see the country,” and maybe visit some National Parks, while maintaining coronavirus […]

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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Pipeline Development Under Old Appalachian Trail

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Pipeline Development Under Old Appalachian Trail

The Supreme Court by a 7-2 majority handed the Old Appalachian Trail, national parks and trails, and their visitors a major setback, ruling yesterday that the Forest Service has the authority to permit a pipeline to be constructed underneath the trail despite the objection of the agency that manages it as a national park “unit,” the National Park Service.

Why This Matters:  Conservatives often make the slippery slope argument opposing parks when they are created — that is exactly what fishers claimed to persuade President Trump to allow fishing inside the NE Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument last week.

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Social Distancing Summer – What Does It Look Like?

Social Distancing Summer – What Does It Look Like?

It’s the unofficial first day of summer and we are all either beginning to get out or looking forward to the day very soon when we emerge from our homes and start to venture beyond the confines of our neighborhoods or support jobs.  That is good.  But doing it safely is going to be a […]

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National Parks To Re-Open in Stages Starting This Week Despite Concerns

National Parks To Re-Open in Stages Starting This Week Despite Concerns

The National Park Service announced late last week that they would allow some parks to increase access and services in phases on a case by case basis (similar to their closure).  They said they would be “following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities,” […]

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National Parks Picking Up

National Parks Picking Up

With the shutdown over, for employees of our country’s National Parks, the tough clean up job is just getting started.  Sadly the toll of the shutdown on our natural heritage may have been greater than feared in some locations.  For example, Joshua Tree National Park suffered damage from vandalism that will be irreparable for the next 200 to 300 years, according to former park superintendent Curt Sauer.  The Trump Administration kept many parks open for most or all of the shutdown, but volunteers who helped clean up trash and service bathrooms in popular parks like Joshua Tree could not keep up with routine maintenance, much less stop the vandals.  

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