NPCA's Park Advocate » News http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 22 May 2015 14:43:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Positioning Pullman: What’s Next for Chicago’s New National Monument? http://parkadvocate.org/positioning-pullman-whats-next-for-chicagos-new-national-monument/ http://parkadvocate.org/positioning-pullman-whats-next-for-chicagos-new-national-monument/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 13:29:09 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8291 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/positioning-pullman-whats-next-for-chicagos-new-national-monument/feed/ 0 4 Ways President Obama Can Create a Lasting National Park Legacy http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-president-obama-can-create-a-lasting-national-park-legacy/ http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-president-obama-can-create-a-lasting-national-park-legacy/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 14:54:49 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8183 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. […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-president-obama-can-create-a-lasting-national-park-legacy/feed/ 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