NPCA's Park Advocate » News News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:56:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mojave Is a Magical Place. Let’s Protect My Former Home Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:26:00 +0000 It’s a wondrous thing to have a million and a half acres of spectacular natural habitat right in your back yard. I know because for ten years, I woke to the vast beauty of the California desert each morning and had a unique role in both protecting and helping the public enjoy it: I was deputy […]]]> 1 400 Years of History at Risk Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:19:38 +0000 Walking along the James River at Jamestown, reflections of a blue sky shine brightly on the pristine water, and it’s easy to imagine history unfolding along the sandy beach. The area’s unspoiled views are reminiscent of a different time, one where the hum of traffic is replaced by birdsong and babbling waters. Four hundred years […]]]> 0 4 Top Priorities for Utah’s Unique National Parks Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:05:05 +0000 The majesty of Delicate Arch. The remarkable spires and vast wildness at Canyonlands. The glow of the Milky Way above Hovenweep. As a Utah resident and an outdoor enthusiast, it doesn’t surprise me that people from around the world flock to the one-of-a-kind rock formations, canyons, petroglyphs, archeological ruins, and astounding night skies at the national parks […]]]> 1 VICTORY: What You Helped Protect at Biscayne National Park Fri, 05 Jun 2015 09:40:37 +0000 Earlier today, park officials at Biscayne made an announcement that NPCA has been waiting more than 15 years to hear: The park will establish a new marine reserve to help protect its fragile, one-of-a-kind underwater resources. This important step represents the work of numerous environmental groups, scientists, fishermen, and concerned citizens—including more than 20,000 NPCA […]]]> 0 Positioning Pullman: What’s Next for Chicago’s New National Monument? Fri, 22 May 2015 13:29:09 +0000 Pullman National Monument is a must-see treasure of Chicago’s South Side. The formerly independent industrial town, now a landmark Chicago neighborhood, was entrusted last February to the National Park Service via a presidential proclamation. There is much to celebrate. Yet, there are also many questions about what’s next for this National Historic Landmark District, and […]]]> 0 4 Ways President Obama Can Create a Lasting National Park Legacy Thu, 14 May 2015 14:54:49 +0000 Last month, President Obama took the podium at Everglades National Park to publicly address the seriousness of climate change. That he chose the world-famous River of Grass as the setting for his Earth Day speech was no accident: Rising ocean levels and other effects of climate change threaten the very existence of this landmark park. […]]]> 1 Say No to Soda Mountain Solar Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:18:39 +0000 Update, June 5, 2015: Today, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management announced its decision to move forward with a modified version of the Soda Mountain Solar Project, less than a quarter mile from Mojave National Preserve. The decision comes after nearly 19 months of deliberation, during which thousands of recreational users, national park lovers, […]]]> 1 Pitch in to Help the Places You Love Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:40:11 +0000 “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, […]]]> 0 Slideshow: 9 Civil War Battlefields You Helped Save Thu, 02 Apr 2015 05:07:08 +0000 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 […]]]> 1 Finally, Here’s One Thing We Can All Agree On: Helping the Everglades Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:10:47 +0000 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 […]]]> 0