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Stephen Mather's Ghost: Revisiting The Consensus For National Parks

For nearly a century, a popular story has linked the origins of the National Park Service to the genius of one man. In 1914, Stephen T. Mather, a self-made millionaire in the borax industry, visited Yosemite and Sequoia national parks. Finding both of them poorly managed he wrote Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane and complained. “Dear Steve,” Lane allegedly replied, “If you don’t like the way the national parks are being run, come on down to Washington and run them yourself.”

Campaign Under Way To Add 40 Acres To Rocky Mountain National Park

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy is leading a fundraising effort to acquire the largest remaining privately-held property within Rocky Mountain National Park. The organization will raise $3.6 million to fund the purchase of this commercially-zoned parcel known as Cascade Cottages. The Trust for Public Land is also a partner in this effort to acquire the property for the park.

Climbers Endure Hours Stuck In Snowmelt-Drenched Ravine On Grand Teton Before Rescue

Climbing in the Tetons of Grand Teton National Park can be an exhilarating experience, but it also can be unforgiving and, at its worst, deadly. For 10 climbers who tried to summit the Grand Teton in a long one-day slog, they narrowly avoided tragedy and in the end were rescued by rangers and other climbers on the mountain.

Land And Water Conservation Fund Has Far-Reaching Impacts On Public Lands

A new resource from The Wilderness Society is proving how far-reaching a critical land conservation program has been in its 50-year history. From major national parks in America’s western states to neighborhood playgrounds in the nation’s cities, thousands of open spaces in America have been made possible by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). But this critical funding for conservation is set to expire in less than 80 days unless Congress acts quickly.

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