America's National Parks and Beaches

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Yosemite Valley, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon may be the best known, but there-s a total of no less than 388 National Parks. Each has been set aside because it-s unique in one way or another. The National Park Service is charged with preserving these natural treasures, while making them available to the maximum number of people at the same time. Meantime, America-s beaches are run by a patchwork of local agencies, which can-t control the pollution that comes from industry, over-use and a lack of resources. What-s in store for the nation-s favorite vacation destinations? Warren Olney joins environmentalists and an administrator of the National Parks Service for a look at the fragility of America-s most popular destinations.
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Program Note:
The Deputy Director of the National Park Service stated that the National Parks Conservation Association, which had given the Park Service a D-minus grade, had itself received a grade of D from the American Institute of Philanthropy. We thought it worth noting that the grade referred to was given four years ago, that it has since been raised, and that NPCA meets or exceeds all 23 standards of the Better Business Bureau/Wise Giving Alliance, and received three out of a possible four stars from Charity Navigator, another group which rates charities.

Remarks of Presidents Bush and Karzai in press conference

LA Times article on Karzai visit

Clean Air Act

Coastal Zone Management Act

Coral Reef Task Force

National Resources Conservation Service

National Sea Grant College Program

Stratton Commission

US Global Ocean Observing System

Yellowstone Protection Act (S 965)



Warren Olney