NPCA's Park Advocate » News http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:01:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Ways the New Congress Can Support National Parks http://parkadvocate.org/5-ways-the-new-congress-can-support-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/5-ways-the-new-congress-can-support-national-parks/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:41:57 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7604 If you’re looking forward to the New Year and getting ready to turn over a new leaf, you aren’t alone. In our nation’s capital, the 114th Congress begins on January 6 with a renewed sense of purpose. Lawmakers will reappoint their leaders, select their committee assignments, and put forward a new slate of bills. Even […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/5-ways-the-new-congress-can-support-national-parks/feed/ 0 Historic “Parks Package” Passes Congress http://parkadvocate.org/historic-parks-package-passes-congress/ http://parkadvocate.org/historic-parks-package-passes-congress/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:06:47 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7573 Today, Congress authorized the largest expansion of the National Park System since 1978 by passing the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 3979): a remarkable achievement. This legislation includes a public lands title with more than a dozen park bills and represents an enormous bipartisan win that celebrates America’s public lands and history and truly shows how national parks […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/historic-parks-package-passes-congress/feed/ 0 New “FracTracker” Tool Can Help Safeguard National Parks http://parkadvocate.org/new-fractracker-tool-can-help-safeguard-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/new-fractracker-tool-can-help-safeguard-national-parks/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:05:14 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7546 National parks preserve America’s priceless natural and cultural heritage for all time. But as America continues to grow and prosper, the experience of being in a national park is changing. The annual amount of oil and gas produced in the United States has more than tripled since 2007, and the boom shows no signs of […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/new-fractracker-tool-can-help-safeguard-national-parks/feed/ 0 Victory: Incinerator Project Defeated at Monocacy http://parkadvocate.org/victory-incinerator-project-defeated-at-monocacy/ http://parkadvocate.org/victory-incinerator-project-defeated-at-monocacy/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 13:53:31 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7530 For nearly a decade, county officials in Maryland had planned to build a large trash-burning incinerator just yards away from the park boundary at Monocacy National Battlefield. On November 21, after a long campaign by hundreds of advocates united in their opposition to this ill-conceived plan,  the  Frederick County Commissioners finally reassessed and voted against the […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/victory-incinerator-project-defeated-at-monocacy/feed/ 0 A Little-Known Piece of History Reclaimed http://parkadvocate.org/a-little-known-piece-of-history-reclaimed/ http://parkadvocate.org/a-little-known-piece-of-history-reclaimed/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:02:44 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7329 Many Americans will recognize this coming Monday, October 13, as a holiday honoring Christopher Columbus. Thanks to NPCA supporters, the citizens of Florida will also take this day to recognize an unsung hero who made one of our national parks possible: Lancelot Jones. Few people know the amazing story of Lancelot Jones and his role […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/a-little-known-piece-of-history-reclaimed/feed/ 0 Wilderness Wins on the West Coast http://parkadvocate.org/supreme-court-shucks-oyster-company/ http://parkadvocate.org/supreme-court-shucks-oyster-company/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:02:04 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7048 On October 6, just weeks after the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, park lovers got a new reason to celebrate. After more than 40 years of waiting, the National Park Service can now rid Drakes Estero, a picturesque inlet within Point Reyes National Seashore in California, of an industrial oyster company that has been damaging […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/supreme-court-shucks-oyster-company/feed/ 4 A Double Threat to an American Icon http://parkadvocate.org/a-double-threat-to-an-american-icon/ http://parkadvocate.org/a-double-threat-to-an-american-icon/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:45:29 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7276 Over the summer, many New York Times readers were shocked to learn about two development proposals that would permanently scar the enduring beauty of the Grand Canyon. The first proposal would create more than 2,000 housing units and 3 million square feet of shops and tourist attractions in Tusayan, a sleepy town just two miles from […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/a-double-threat-to-an-american-icon/feed/ 2 The Elwha River, Undammed at Last http://parkadvocate.org/the-elwha-river-undammed-at-last/ http://parkadvocate.org/the-elwha-river-undammed-at-last/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:16:17 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7273 There’s plenty I could say about my recent rafting trip down the newly restored Elwha River, but sometimes a simple “Wooohoooo!” says it all. That was my natural reaction to more than a decade of work by NPCA and its partners to remove two antiquated dams from this spectacular northwestern river, restoring it to a […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/the-elwha-river-undammed-at-last/feed/ 4 What Lies Beneath http://parkadvocate.org/what-lies-beneath/ http://parkadvocate.org/what-lies-beneath/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:16:30 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7104 Ever wonder what lies beneath Lake Michigan? Emily Tyner, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been working for the past five years to find out. Her innovative new program harnesses the power of citizen scientists to study the relationship between aquatic invasive species in Lake Michigan and a troubling epidemic that is […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/what-lies-beneath/feed/ 3 Park Fees Should Benefit Park Visitors http://parkadvocate.org/park-fees-should-benefit-park-visitors/ http://parkadvocate.org/park-fees-should-benefit-park-visitors/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:07:57 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7085 Have you ever marveled at the pink and red sandstone cliffs at Zion National Park while learning about the area’s rich history from the seat of one of the park’s free shuttle buses? Or enjoyed a visit to a working quarry to watch paleontologists preserving fossils at Badlands National Park? What you might not know […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/park-fees-should-benefit-park-visitors/feed/ 0