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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service and its mission to “conserve the scenery…unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations," it’s important to remember that all national parks and monuments are worth defending—large and small, urban and wild, accessible and remote.

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North Carolina is known for its tasty pork products—from bacon and honey-cured ham to smoked sausage and pulled pork topped with the state’s famously thin barbeque sauce. But the pork-producing powerhouse’s savory selections have a less-than-appetizing side: immense amounts of pig waste.

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In June, the Obama administration affirmed its commitment to developing energy storage resources that will support America’s clean energy future, but the administration’s energy storage target underestimates the growing power of the clean energy economy. Energy storage is a critical tool in states’ efforts to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels. It gives energy providers a ready supply of renewable energy to draw from, even when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining.

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In the Pacific Northwest, native coastal tribes have an adage rooted in age-old myths: no fish, no blackfish. The integral connection between orca whales and salmon has been understood since long before Europeans arrived to the region. Now, scientists are also highlighting this important link as they look to understand why whale species are in peril.

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African American churches have been on the frontlines of the most important social movements of the last century. The movements begin at the pulpit, with preachers stirring their congregation to action via Sunday sermons that link spirituality and faith to a greater calling.

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“This Land is Your Land" is one of our country's most beloved folk songs, painting a picture of America as vast and brimming with natural beauty. Children learn it in elementary school and sometimes sing it after the morning Pledge of Allegiance. Woody Guthrie's song recalls the wonder he felt during strolls through redwood forests, golden valleys and the sparkling sands of diamond deserts. He ends each verse with the warm and inclusive refrain, “This land was made for you and me.”

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