NPCA's Park Advocate » News News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:47:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 8 Reasons to Stop Playing Politics with National Parks Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:13:16 +0000 Remember not so long ago when Congress shut down the federal government because it failed to reach a funding agreement? Two years ago, a standoff between lawmakers lasted 16 days and had far-reaching consequences for people across the country. Another Government Shutdown? Ask your members of Congress to keep the federal government open and to fully […]]]> 0 Fight Fire with Funding—and More Fire Thu, 24 Sep 2015 17:52:23 +0000 Record heat and drought have made 2015 one of the worst years for wildfires in recent memory. Firefighters have already contained more than 47,000 individual wildfires over nearly 9 million acres so far this year, with 19 large fires still raging across six western U.S. states. In California alone, about 700,000 acres have burned—that’s roughly […]]]> 0 Help Preserve the Birthplace of the Modern LGBT Movement Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:50:56 +0000 “Let it forever be remembered that here—on this spot—men and women stood proud, they stood fast, so that we may be who we are, may work where we will, live where we choose, and love whom our hearts desire.” -John Berry, former assistant secretary of the Interior Department What kind of National Park System do […]]]> 0 Three New National Monuments in the California Desert? Thu, 17 Sep 2015 13:10:38 +0000 Senator Dianne Feinstein has proposed three new national monuments in the California desert that would preserve this spectacular region’s natural and cultural legacy for future generations. Urge President Obama to use the Antiquities Act to give these storied landscapes the protection they deserve! How You Can Help Please ask President Obama to protect these important […]]]> 0 No Trophy Homes in Our National Parks Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:23:50 +0000 As a child, I was inspired by the landscapes, night skies, and historic treasures in our national parks. As an adult with a career protecting these places, I was stunned to learn that many of these same national parks I enjoyed exploring as a boy are threatened by trophy homes, luxury hotels, and mini-marts, not […]]]> 0 Why Are We Neglecting One of Our Country’s Greatest Rivers? Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:44:51 +0000 The Colorado River is like a miracle in the arid Southwest, bringing melted snow from its headwaters inside Rocky Mountain National Park across the dramatic desert landscapes of the Colorado Plateau on its path toward the Gulf of California. It is no exaggeration to call the Colorado one of our nation’s most important river systems. […]]]> 0 The ‘Outrageous Evil’ That Led to the Birth of the National Park Service Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:17:31 +0000 Today, the National Park Service celebrates its 99th birthday. Establishing an agency dedicated to the care of America’s national parks is one of our country’s most visionary accomplishments. The lands and landmarks our park rangers protect are among the world’s greatest wonders. Long before families loaded up station wagons to head to places like Grand […]]]> 4 The Elk Can’t Speak: Denying Pollution Doesn’t Help National Parks Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:22:19 +0000 Advocating for better air quality is something I do for a living. I recently worked with a team of experts to release a report that found a shocking number of our national parks—75% of the 48 we researched—have significant air pollution problems. Problems that could worsen asthma attacks in children. Problems that could irritate the lungs […]]]> 0 Parks, Not Pipelines! Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:56:23 +0000   It’s a crisp day in late October as you hike your way up a steep stretch of the Appalachian Trail, hugging the bends of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. The whistle of a cedar waxwing mingles with the crunching of leaves beneath your feet. Coming to the summit of Three Ridges, a spectacular […]]]> 0 My Members of Congress Are Friends of the National Parks. Are Yours? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:49:01 +0000 I was lucky enough to grow up in Northern California, just across the majestic Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Not only is this area uniquely beautiful, with its foggy bay mornings, its 800-year-old redwood trees, and its pristine seashores alive with tule elk and elephant seals—it is also a politically active and connected community […]]]> 0