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Down To Earth National Parks archive


National Parks Subway Map

As visiting season approaches, check The Sierra Club's fun 'subway-style' map of U.S. national parks. It serves as a great reminder of how many national parks there are in this country. What is your favorite? Check this full list of all our national parks and...

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Sizing up the National Parks

We've been on a National Parks kick recently as we've been going back through Ken Burns' powerful "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" series. Which is why a certain feature in the latest Sierra Club magazine, Sierra, happened to catch our eye. It was called...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 12, 2009

MONDAY, NOV. 2, 2009

MONDAY, OCT. 5, 2009

Parks in peril

After Ken Burns’ documentary, a new report on the most endangered parks due to climate change should be a wake-up that we could lose our most vital, preserved natual wonders. According to Grist, “the 25 most endangered parks are being threatened by dramatic declines in...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2009

Welcome home!

In just ten days, the masterful Ken Burns' will share with us his latest documentary project - "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" which will play out over six nights on your local PBS station. "Filmed over the course of more than six years at...

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MONDAY, AUG. 24, 2009

Another Green Monday

It’s getting close to that time again. Back to school is upon us and DTE agrees that getting older has its benefits when the yellow bus comes around. However, we are occasionally wistful for our university days. W.B Yeats said “education is not the filling...

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Preserving silence - TAKE ACTION

We are a very visual people. While all of our senses are stimulated on a daily basis, our sense of sight is catered too and targeted more frequently. Which is why when someone explains something they've experienced they typically start by trying to place you...

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MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2009

Another Green Monday

Oh Hoopfest. This year DTE regrettably decided to watch from the sidelines as Spokane hosted the preeminent three on three basketball tournament in the world. All we could do is talk trash and make sure players decided to shoot for the recycle bins. Yes, we...

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MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009

Another Green Monday

When it comes to events, could every month in Spokane be April? While we're bursting with energy from upcoming bike activities, Earth Day festivities, and, yes, DTE events, last Friday marked the kickoff of the 11th Annual GetLit! It’s hard to believe that five years...

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MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2009

Another Green Monday

DTE took a much-needed break over the weekend to head east over the mountains to Missoula for a Clumsy Lovers concert, and while it's good to be back in Spokane - the conditions of the air quality both here and there make us forget that...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2009

Friday Quote

"National parks and reserves are an integral aspect of intelligent use of natural resources. It is the course of wisdom to set aside an ample portion of our natural resources as national parks and reserves, thus ensuring that future generations may know the majesty of...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2008


Did you know? President Bush has pushed 53 “midnight regulations” through the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the last three weeks. True to last-minute wrangling form, many of the federal changes involve the environment, national parks and public lands in the West. Veronique...

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