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THE GREAT WIDE OPEN

America’s most beautiful public lands, seen from space

Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

Contributor

Today is National Public Lands Day, organized by the National Environmental Education Foundation and promoted by the US National Parks Service as well as conservancy organizations, is designed to inspire volunteer efforts across the country.

While the day (Sept. 22) is meant to focus on small, achievable actions toward the restoration and maintenance of public land throughout the country, seeing the spaces on the largest scale—via satellite and astronaut photos from NASA—is a reminder of how much public land is available to people in the US and how much work is done to maintain it.

Jesse Allen/Landsat/NASA
Acadia National Park
Jesse Allen/Landsat/NASA
Cape Cod National Seashore
Jesse Allen/Landsat/NASA
Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge
NASA
The Grand Canyon
NASA
Crater Lake National Park
NASA
Everglades National Park
NASA
Capitol Reef National Park
NASA
Yosemite National Park
NASA
Olympic National Park
NASA
Rocky Mountain National Park
NASA
Biscayne National Park
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