NPCA's Park Advocate » Jennifer Errick News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:14:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Walking to Protect Glacier’s Water Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:15:46 +0000 By Sarah Lundstrum, Glacier Field Representative Pauline Matt dreamed that the water was dying and that she had the power to stop it. Her dream was not far from the truth, with fracking arriving on the Blackfeet Indian Nation and adjacent to Glacier National Park in Montana. Instead of allowing the dream to paralyze her, […]]]> 0 Alaska: Reflections from a Guest in the Wilderness Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:12:52 +0000 By Linda Rancourt, Vice President, Communications You can read about it and dream about going, but nothing compares with actually seeing it in person. Alaska, our 49th state, is an extraordinary place. This 582,000-square-mile parcel of land is sometimes referred to as “Seward’s folly,” after Secretary of State William Seward, who orchestrated its purchase in […]]]> 0 NPCA-Sponsored Events Focus Attention on the “Ritchie Boys” and Their Legacy of Heroism from WWII Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:45:34 +0000 In June, NPCA sponsored a two-day commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of Camp Ritchie Military Intelligence Training Camp (MITC) in Cascade, Maryland, during WWII, the legacy of the “Ritchie Boys” who trained there, and the role of the National Park Service (NPS) in protecting and interpreting sites in America’s military history. More than […]]]> 3 New Beginnings for Yellowstone’s Pronghorn Wed, 25 Jul 2012 16:16:27 +0000 by Joe Josephson, NPCA’s Yellowstone Wildlife Fellow As the season rushes into high summer, I’m left thinking fondly of the past month in Yellowstone National Park and Paradise Valley near my home in Livingston, Montana. The fickle transition from spring to summer is often associated with the astrological sign of Gemini, or twins, and this […]]]> 3 All Hands on Deck for the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:48:36 +0000 Measuring in at 54 tons, The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed on the National Mall and in more than 50 other locations throughout Washington, D.C., later this month to accommodate all 48,000 panels for the public to see. The NAMES Project Foundation is calling for volunteers to help prepare the Mall grounds and quilt […]]]> 1 What’s Old Is New Again: Grand Teton Leads the Way in Re-Envisioning Historic Buildings Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:25:19 +0000 By Daniel Saxton, NPCA’s Center for Park Research’s Senior Program Coordinator There are approximately 9,600 historic buildings in the National Park System and just about as many creative ways to put them back into service or open them up for the public to explore and enjoy. These are buildings with character, style, and often a […]]]> 0 Friday Photo: Giving Creative Life to Discarded Plastic Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:28:09 +0000 The new issue of National Parks magazine is online this week (and in mailboxes soon), and its cover features a striking collection of soft-hued objects arranged on a plate. Their shapes curve in different directions; their blues and soft purples play against each other with a subtle sense of harmony. From a distance, the objects almost look like candy, or […]]]> 2 NPCA’s Favorite Trips: Tips for National Park Adventures Around the Country Tue, 05 Jun 2012 13:13:25 +0000 The summer travel season is here, and all 397 national parks will offer free admission this Saturday, June 9 for National Get Outdoors Day. Many of us are itching to get out into the parks for hiking, bird-watching, boating, and other adventures. Ready to try something different? Here are a few favorite destinations recommended by NPCA staff members around the country that […]]]> 0 Friday Photo: It’s Waterfall Season at Yosemite Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:40:18 +0000 Say, did we mention that National Park Week starts tomorrow and runs through April 29? That means no entrance fees anywhere in the park system for eight whole days! If you’re keeping track at home, that’s 84.6 million acres of land with 18,600 miles of hiking trails, 43,000 miles of shoreline, and 12,000 campsites throughout the country, according […]]]> 0 Two Years Later, the Gulf Oil Spill Is Still with Us Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:44:28 +0000 By Dr. Guy DiDonato, Natural Resources Program Manager for NPCA’s Center for Park Research Today marks the two-year anniversary of the deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The resulting underwater oil spill transfixed the nation’s attention, with daily (even hourly) live reports from national television stations, print and internet outlets, and radio programs. […]]]> 0