NPCA's Park Advocate » News http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:10:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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 Pride Month Trivia Challenge http://parkadvocate.org/pride-month-trivia-challenge-lgbt-parks-in-the-national-park-system/ http://parkadvocate.org/pride-month-trivia-challenge-lgbt-parks-in-the-national-park-system/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:35:52 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5678 Q: The National Park Service has not always done a great job of interpreting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) history in the park system. Fortunately, the agency has made strides in recent years toward both celebrating equality in the workplace and educating the public on landmarks and historic figures central to LGBT communities. Test […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/pride-month-trivia-challenge-lgbt-parks-in-the-national-park-system/feed/ 0 Transmission Lines in Everglades National Park? No Thanks! http://parkadvocate.org/transmission-lines-in-everglades-national-park-no-thanks/ http://parkadvocate.org/transmission-lines-in-everglades-national-park-no-thanks/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 14:13:38 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5701 Imagine Everglades National Park, and what comes to mind? For many people—even those who have never set foot in the park—the mere mention of its name is synonymous with breathtaking, unspoiled waters. The park is part of one of the largest wetlands in the world, supporting a complex series of ecosystems, including cypress swamps, mangrove […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/transmission-lines-in-everglades-national-park-no-thanks/feed/ 0 Youth Push for Pullman on Capitol Hill http://parkadvocate.org/youth-push-for-pullman-on-capitol-hill/ http://parkadvocate.org/youth-push-for-pullman-on-capitol-hill/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 15:00:38 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5669 Earlier this month, NPCA and its supporters met with members of Congress to discuss creating Chicago’s first national park in the Pullman Historic District, the first model industrial town where the famous Pullman sleeper train cars were manufactured. This group included an important constituent group that NPCA is excited to see advocating for national parks—Millennials. Carina […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/youth-push-for-pullman-on-capitol-hill/feed/ 0 FAQ: Celebrating the Monument of Monuments http://parkadvocate.org/faq-celebrating-the-monument-of-monuments/ http://parkadvocate.org/faq-celebrating-the-monument-of-monuments/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:39:15 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5290 As the tallest structure in the nation’s capital and one of the most iconic, the historic obelisk honoring America’s first president is the monument of monuments. After nearly three years of being closed to the public for repairs, the Washington Monument will reopen May 12.   Q: Why was the Washington Monument closed? A: On […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/faq-celebrating-the-monument-of-monuments/feed/ 0