Engaging with the Environment Featured Places

The National Park Service cares for America's more than 400 national parks…and works in almost every one of her 3,141 counties. We are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities, preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun. Find a few selected important places outside the parks here and explore the links for more. Then explore what you can do to share your own stories and the places that matter to you.

The Bureau of Reclamation Historic Dams, Irrigation Projects, and Powerplants: Managing Water in the West: Bureau of Reclamation projects have a sweeping impact on irrigation, hydroelectric power, navigation, flood control, and municipal and industrial water supplies. The dams and water projects embody a complex and rich history that goes well beyond the concrete and earth used to build these engineering marvels. As an arid area of the nation, the West relies heavily on these dams and water control projects that tamed the rivers to channel the life giving water essential for people to settle and thrive in the West.

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area: In addition to vast natural heritage, Blue Ridge National Heritage Area also has significant agricultural heritage.Places of interest include, but are not limited to Blue Ridge Parkway, two National Forests, ten State Parks, and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Area: This canal system is the oldest continuously operating canal in the nation.Built between 1817 and 1825, the Erie Canal was the most successful and influential public works project in North America.The canal's 363 miles helped to make New York City a successful international port.

Cache La Poudre River Corridor: This area has contributed to Western water law and the evolution of complex water delivery systems.Visitors can see the many head gates, flumes, water measurement devices, and intricate network of ditches along the Cache la Poudre River, all created to modify the river's flow in an attempt to meet the water need of urban development.

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