NPCA's Park Advocate » News http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:39:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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 We Can’t Afford to Wait http://parkadvocate.org/we-cant-afford-to-wait/ http://parkadvocate.org/we-cant-afford-to-wait/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:28:06 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6993 The giant trees that give Sequoia National Park its name are some of the largest and longest-lived organisms in the world, reaching their exceptional stature after persevering for thousands of years within a limited range in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’s difficult to look up at this kind of grandeur and imagine the sequoia as a fragile, […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/we-cant-afford-to-wait/feed/ 0 Bringing Down the Dams http://parkadvocate.org/bringing-down-the-dams/ http://parkadvocate.org/bringing-down-the-dams/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:50:59 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6913 People talk about overcoming obstacles, but when advocates literally move tons of concrete to help their local river and its wildlife, it gives a whole new meaning to the phrase. This summer, the landscapes of two mighty rivers in the Chesapeake watershed will experience an awakening. Several organizations are working together to remove two dams—the […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/bringing-down-the-dams/feed/ 0 National Park Construction Projects in Jeopardy http://parkadvocate.org/national-park-construction-projects-in-jeopardy/ http://parkadvocate.org/national-park-construction-projects-in-jeopardy/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:51:34 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6245 In Massachusetts, park officials barricaded a bridge leading into Lowell National Historical Park because bricks in the structure could fall on people’s heads. In Washington, D.C., a bridge on the George Washington Parkway that leads to Arlington Cemetery and is used daily by thousands of people is so structurally deficient, the National Park Service could […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/national-park-construction-projects-in-jeopardy/feed/ 0 Fishy Business http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/ http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:14:08 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6223 Imagine paddling along in your canoe or going for a swim in a tranquil national park river, enjoying a perfect afternoon. Then, out of nowhere, a fish as large as a golden retriever leaps out of the water toward you. Scary? Definitely. But that’s the least of it. The monstrous invasive fish known as Asian […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/feed/ 0