NPCA's Park Advocate News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:01:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Ways the New Congress Can Support National Parks Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:41:57 +0000 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 […]]]> 0 Trivia Challenge: The World’s First National Park Cave Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:43:35 +0000 Q: National parks protect the country’s most treasured landscapes, including a wealth of natural resources under the Earth’s crust. The United States was the first place in the world to designate a cave as a national park. Can you name this park?   A: The U.S. National Park System boasts several exceptional underground park sites, […]]]> 0 Historic “Parks Package” Passes Congress Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:06:47 +0000 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 […]]]> 0 New “FracTracker” Tool Can Help Safeguard National Parks Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:05:14 +0000 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 […]]]> 0 Victory: Incinerator Project Defeated at Monocacy Tue, 02 Dec 2014 13:53:31 +0000 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 […]]]> 0 8 Perfect Parks for a Holiday Adventure Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:28:36 +0000 Try something new with your holiday routine—by checking out some old and cherished traditions from around the country. These fun celebrations offer great incentives to get out and enjoy the season in a national park. Note: Modest fees apply for many of these events. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park […]]]> 0 Plan a Desert Getaway to Glen Canyon Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:54:18 +0000 This story is part of NPCA’s biweekly Desert Getaway series. Read more stories in the series for tips on visiting other desert parks. Water may be rare in the desert, but it is also one of the most powerful forces affecting the landscape—sculpting natural bridges, shaping arches, and carving canyons. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area […]]]> 0 Trivia Challenge: The Snowiest Place on Earth Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:56:18 +0000 Q: One U.S. national park boasts that it contains “the snowiest place on Earth where snow is regularly recorded.” This picturesque spot even saw a whopping 93.5 feet of the white stuff one record-setting winter. Can you name this winter wonderland of a national park?   A: I know what you’re thinking: This wintry place […]]]> 2 Plan a Desert Getaway to Natural Bridges Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:56:27 +0000 This story is part of NPCA’s biweekly Desert Getaway series. Read more stories in the series for tips on visiting other desert parks. As parks go, Natural Bridges has some serious bragging rights: It’s Utah’s first national park site, the first International Dark-Sky Park in the world, and one of the very darkest places for […]]]> 0 Building (on) Bridges Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:35:35 +0000 For nearly a century, Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C., has served as a playground for area residents while also preserving a critical shoreline area and protecting the natural scenery and water quality of the Anacostia River. The 1,200 acres of parkland along the river’s banks have seen recent improvements with more opportunities for recreational access, […]]]> 0