NPCA's Park Advocate » Jennifer Errick News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:43:45 +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 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 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 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 BioBlitz at Saguaro National Park: Bats, Rodents, and New Perspectives Thu, 12 Apr 2012 20:05:50 +0000 Today’s guest blog was written by Allie Gaither-Banchoff, an eighth-grade student at Paulo Freire Freedom School who took part in the 2011 Saguaro National Park BioBlitz. The BioBlitz was organized by the National Geographic Society and Friends of Saguaro National Park. More than 5,000 students and volunteers combed the park, resulting in the park listing […]]]> 1 Friday Photo: The Elwha River, Free at Last Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:02:22 +0000 In September 2011, the National Park Service kicked off the largest dam-removal project in U.S. history to take down two dams that had been blocking the flow of the Elwha River–and the salmon in it–for decades. NPCA worked for years with numerous partners toward this important victory. Now, six months later, the stunning aerial photo above shows the progress that […]]]> 0 Focus on Water: Protecting Our Great Waters Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:59:51 +0000 By Chad Lord, Director, Water Program Today is World Water Day, a day designated by the United Nations to draw attention to the importance of freshwater. And for good reason. Water drives regional economies, sustains the natural world, and shapes the daily lives of people all across the globe. As Yves Corbiere recently posted, water […]]]> 0 The Next Stewards of Our National Parks Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:54:25 +0000 The Student Conservation Association has been connecting thousands of young volunteers with outdoor projects in national parks and other public lands for more than 50 years. The program helps bring diverse groups of students into the parks, cultivates a life-long love of nature among many of its alumni, and even leads some participants to explore careers […]]]> 0