NPCA's Park Advocate » News http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:05:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FAQ: New National Monument at Pullman Shines a Spotlight on Community Spirit and Our Shared Heritage http://parkadvocate.org/faq-new-national-monument-at-pullman-shines-a-spotlight-on-community-spirit-and-our-shared-heritage/ http://parkadvocate.org/faq-new-national-monument-at-pullman-shines-a-spotlight-on-community-spirit-and-our-shared-heritage/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:29:00 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7818 Earlier today, President Obama stood in front of hundreds of community advocates in Chicago and declared Pullman a national monument. This long-awaited event is the result of years of work by NPCA and so many people that care about this place’s significant contributions to our shared history, from the U.S. labor movement to Civil Rights. […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/faq-new-national-monument-at-pullman-shines-a-spotlight-on-community-spirit-and-our-shared-heritage/feed/ 1 Park Service Releases Most-Visited National Park Sites of 2014 http://parkadvocate.org/park-service-releases-most-visited-national-park-sites-in-2014/ http://parkadvocate.org/park-service-releases-most-visited-national-park-sites-in-2014/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:03:24 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7822 Yesterday, the National Park Service released data on the number of people who visited sites throughout the park system in 2014. The whopping 292.8 million total visits broke the previous record of 287.2 million visits set in 1987 and was 7 percent higher than the 273.6 million visits throughout the park system in 2013. (You can find last year’s […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/park-service-releases-most-visited-national-park-sites-in-2014/feed/ 1 How Much Pollution Is Too Much? http://parkadvocate.org/how-much-pollution-is-too-much/ http://parkadvocate.org/how-much-pollution-is-too-much/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:34:38 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7771 As our understanding of air pollution evolves, so does the U.S. government’s responsibility to regulate these dangers. According to new findings by an independent panel of scientists, some of the microscopic toxins in our air have the potential to harm both people and parks at lower levels than we once believed. The U.S. Environmental Protection […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/how-much-pollution-is-too-much/feed/ 1 Judge’s Ruling a Victory for Buffalo National River http://parkadvocate.org/judges-ruling-a-huge-victory-for-buffalo-national-river/ http://parkadvocate.org/judges-ruling-a-huge-victory-for-buffalo-national-river/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:42:42 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7751 The end of 2014 brought a legal victory so significant for the Buffalo National River watershed in Arkansas that the nonprofit environmental law organization Earthjustice called it “a rare win against industrial agriculture and federal malfeasance.” Congress established the Buffalo National River in 1972 as America’s first national river. Over a million people visit this […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/judges-ruling-a-huge-victory-for-buffalo-national-river/feed/ 6 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/ 1 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/ 7 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