NPCA's Park Advocate » News http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:02:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Say No to Soda Mountain Solar http://parkadvocate.org/say-no-to-soda-mountain-solar/ http://parkadvocate.org/say-no-to-soda-mountain-solar/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:18:39 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8093 Soda Mountain Solar is a proposed solar energy plant that developers want to build in the shadow of Mojave National Preserve, right in the heart of the California desert. This proposal is the most harmful solar development that the Interior Department is currently considering, and the agency’s final decision will determine whether builders can put […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/say-no-to-soda-mountain-solar/feed/ 1 Pitch in to Help the Places You Love http://parkadvocate.org/pitch-in-to-help-the-places-you-love/ http://parkadvocate.org/pitch-in-to-help-the-places-you-love/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:40:11 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8040 “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” –Theodore Roosevelt Soon the National Park System will celebrate its 100th birthday. Our national parks are among the most beloved places in America. Can you imagine what our country would be like if visionaries had not set aside places like Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/pitch-in-to-help-the-places-you-love/feed/ 0 Slideshow: 9 Civil War Battlefields You Helped Save http://parkadvocate.org/9-civil-war-battlefields-you-helped-save/ http://parkadvocate.org/9-civil-war-battlefields-you-helped-save/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 05:07:08 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8031 150 years ago this month, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, leading to the end of the Civil War. The conflict cost more than 600,000 American lives and nearly split our nation in two. Today, Civil War battlefields offer visitors the opportunity not only to […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/9-civil-war-battlefields-you-helped-save/feed/ 1 Finally, Here’s One Thing We Can All Agree On: Helping the Everglades http://parkadvocate.org/finally-heres-one-thing-we-can-all-agree-on-helping-the-everglades/ http://parkadvocate.org/finally-heres-one-thing-we-can-all-agree-on-helping-the-everglades/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:10:47 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8018 What is it about the Everglades that brings people together who can’t otherwise seem to agree on anything? For example, you might not expect Democratic National Committee Chair and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to have much in common with Tea Party-backed Republican Congressman Curt Clawson. They have different views on immigration, health care, and what […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/finally-heres-one-thing-we-can-all-agree-on-helping-the-everglades/feed/ 0 Protecting Our Underwater Wonders http://parkadvocate.org/protecting-our-underwater-wonders/ http://parkadvocate.org/protecting-our-underwater-wonders/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:49:27 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7975 Earlier this month, my husband and I escaped the endless East Coast winter and traveled to California with NPCA partners and colleagues to celebrate the wilderness at Point Reyes National Seashore. While the park’s marine wilderness designation became official in November 2012, it wasn’t until January 1, 2015, that a series of legal battles finally […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/protecting-our-underwater-wonders/feed/ 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