One Cool Thing: Fat Bear Week

One Cool Thing: Fat Bear Week

It’s Fat Bear Week folks, and a winner must be chosen before hibernation season arrives. This annual competition is a National Park tradition and includes a March Madness style tournament where bear-lovers nationwide can vote on the heftiest, thickest bear to win it all. Twelve fat bears have been selected out of the estimated 2,200 […]

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Half of Denali National Park Closes Early Due to Landslides

Half of Denali National Park Closes Early Due to Landslides

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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Envisioning a Civilian Climate Corps

Envisioning a Civilian Climate Corps

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Echoing back to the Civilian Conservation Corps of last century, a Civilian Climate Corps would employ young people across the country in government jobs taking on the climate crisis. The modern corps concept has been introduced as legislation by Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur since 2008 and was articulated as […]

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Read This: What Parts of the National Park System To Save From Climate Change?

Read This: What Parts of the National Park System To Save From Climate Change?

National Parks are increasingly being permanently altered by climate change and the Park Service (NPS) is now forced to reckon with it, according to an eye-opening story by Zoë Schlanger in The New York Times.

Why This Matters: The mission of the National Park Service has been to protect America’s “Crown Jewels” from change, but that’s not possible anymore.

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Greener Infrastructure and Fuel-Efficient Cars Are Widely Popular With the Public

Greener Infrastructure and Fuel-Efficient Cars Are Widely Popular With the Public

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer In Pete Buttigieg’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of Transportation yesterday, he called out the “generational opportunity” at this moment to align our national infrastructure with climate goals. The American public is behind him.  According to a recent survey by Yale’s Climate Change Communications Center, 68% of registered voters support […]

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One Good Thing: Veterans Get Free Lifetime Passes to National Parks

One Good Thing: Veterans Get Free Lifetime Passes to National Parks

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, […]

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