NPCA's Park Advocate » News News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:16:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 My Members of Congress Are Friends of the National Parks. Are Yours? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:49:01 +0000 I was lucky enough to grow up in Northern California, just across the majestic Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Not only is this area uniquely beautiful, with its foggy bay mornings, its 800-year-old redwood trees, and its pristine seashores alive with tule elk and elephant seals—it is also a politically active and connected community […]]]> 0 Meet the Woman behind Waco Mammoth Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:05:38 +0000 Today, President Obama designated America’s newest national park site at Waco Mammoth, preserving a trove of exceptional Ice Age fossils in Waco, Texas. Unlike many other brand-new parks, Waco Mammoth National Monument is already an established educational facility and a jewel of the community. For years, researchers and schoolkids alike have been getting a glimpse […]]]> 0 Corroded Trust Thu, 09 Jul 2015 13:48:02 +0000 Though the thousands of commuters that drive across it each day may not realize it, the Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., is a symbolic link between factions of a once-divided nation. The federal government first proposed building the bridge shortly after the Civil War, and it now spans the distance between the Lincoln Memorial and […]]]> 0 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 […]]]> 2 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