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UPDATE March 22, 2010: The version of the H.R. 1612 passed by Congress on Saturday March 20th, while it includes many important elements, fails to deliver the benefits it was drafted to provide. Some last minute amendments greatly restrict the size and scope of the program and require that 75 percent of the funding be restricted to largely firefighting activities. This means Service Corps participants can only engage in a fraction of the national park visitor service and maintenance efforts that were in the original bill. These amendments change the nature of the program and limit the range of skill development for program participants.

NPCA urges the Senate to move quickly to pass a clean version of the bill that does not restrict the funding or scope of the program, that equitably and rationally distributes resources among participating agencies, and, most importantly, puts more young Americans to work in national parks in rural and urban locations across our country.

NPCA would like to thank supporters for taking action on this bill. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for news and alerts at our Take Action center so we can keep you informed of legislative developments on the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2009.

Take Action: Fracking Threatens Health of National Parks

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If the administration does not establish rules that effectively regulate environmental impacts of fracking, more than 100 of our most treasured national parks may be harmed. Tell the president that fracking must be done in a way that protects our parks.

Great News for Grand Teton! Wyoming Moves Forward with Land Negotiations.

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Please join NPCA in thanking Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for their efforts to support a land exchange to preserve the integrity of Grand Teton National Park.

Hog Waste Does Not Belong in the Buffalo, America's First National River!

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The Buffalo National River, America's first national river, is under threat from a large-scale hog farm upstream. Tell the State of Arkansas to fully reopen public commenting for permitting this operation and to protect the Buffalo's water quality.

Congratulate the Friends of the National Parks

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Congratulate the members of the House of Representatives that received 100% for the Friend of the National Parks Award in 2013.

Congratulate the Friends of the National Parks

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Congratulate the members of the House of Representatives that received the Friend of the National Parks Award in 2013.

Hundreds of National Park Sites. Billions of Reasons to Protect Them.

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Tell President Obama and Congress to protect our parks, family vacations, and local economies by finding a more balanced solution to our deficit problem.

Keep Buffalo National River Pristine: Ask Cargill to Move C&H Pigs!

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Ask Cargill to help C& H move from the watershed of the Buffalo National River.

Tell Congress to Support the Centennial Initiative

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Ask your senators and representative to support the Centennial Initiative proposed in the president's Fiscal Year 2015 budget request.

Our National Parks

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Please join the National Parks Conservation Association and send a message to the President and Congress that our national parks matter.

Thanks for Taking Steps to Protect Bristol Bay, EPA!

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The Environmental Protection Agency is taking strong, legal action to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska, from the risky business of industrial copper and gold mining. Send a thank you note to EPA officials and let them know you appreciate their action.

National Parks Closed?

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If Congress and the President can't get our fiscal house in order, funding for national parks could be cut even further. Let our leaders know that our national parks deserve better.



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