NPCA's Park Advocate » Alaska News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:32:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Trivia Challenge: Parks in the Arctic Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:17:49 +0000 Q: Alaska is home to nearly two-thirds of the land in the entire National Park System—some 54 million acres in all. But only four* of our 401 U.S. national park sites lie north of the Arctic Circle. Can you name these four sites? A: Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, […]]]> 2 9 Romantic Park Trips for You and Your Valentine Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:45:15 +0000 Whether you want to live it up near the city lights or get away from it all under the starlight, national parks provide a wealth of amorous adventures for you and your Valentine. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring the amazing sites in our National Park System. To get the featured parks delivered […]]]> 1 From the Mountaintop Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:17:48 +0000 On June 24, Adina Scott made a satellite phone dispatch from 17,200 feet on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park. As part of the climbing team Expedition Denali, she and the 18 others had already spent a total of 16 days on the mountain and nearly a week camped at 14,200 feet. Now, they were […]]]> 2 Video: Wild Salmon at Stake If Mines Are Built Next to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve Thu, 30 May 2013 08:52:58 +0000 “What do we do without fish?” asks June Tracey, a resident of Nondalton, Alaska, in a new video by the Story Group. Tracey’s question is not just philosophical. Her community is closest to the site where companies are intent upon building the largest, open-pit copper and gold mine in North America. If developed, the proposed […]]]> 0 Vacationing in the Last Frontier Wed, 15 May 2013 13:43:32 +0000 I’m guessing that a trip to Alaska is on your life list. It’s one of the few places left on earth where you can go deep into the wilderness and wander among bear, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, and other animals in their mostly untouched natural habitat. As we enter the temperate summer travel season, now […]]]> 0 Unsportsmanlike Conduct Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:45:56 +0000 I get a real sense of accomplishment when the Park Service takes action on an issue we’ve been pushing for years. In early April, the agency renewed temporary regulations to keep hunters from killing black bear cubs and sows with cubs with spotlights at their den sites in Gates of the Arctic and Denali National […]]]> 0 Friday Photos: Happy Anniversary ANILCA Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:54:51 +0000   Earlier this month, more than 100 million acres of public land in Alaska shared one common anniversary: On December 2, Lake Clark, Kenai Fjords, and other parks and preserves established through the Alaskan National Interest Land Conservation Act, or ANILCA, turned 32 years old. This federal legislation created ten different national parks and expanded three others in America’s largest, wildest state, including: Aniakchak National […]]]> 0 Alaska: Reflections from a Guest in the Wilderness Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:12:52 +0000 You can read about it and dream about going, but nothing compares with actually seeing it in person. Alaska, our 49th state, is an extraordinary place. This 582,000-square-mile parcel of land is sometimes referred to as “Seward’s folly,” after Secretary of State William Seward, who orchestrated its purchase in 1867 despite ridicule from his contemporaries. […]]]> 0 Getting Close to Katmai’s Bears in the Hopes of Protecting Them Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:14:00 +0000 I recently captured the true essence of seeing brown bears up very close and personal in the wild with my camera at Katmai National Park and Preserve. Joined by three colleagues and our passionate guide and partner in bear conservation, Dave Bachrach from AK Adventures, we departed from the coastal town of Homer via float […]]]> 1 Friday Photo: A Cool Swim at Katmai Fri, 01 Jun 2012 08:20:57 +0000 It seems like a simple but special moment: a brown bear peeks his head from the deep blue ripples of Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve with his fur washed back, revealing a timeless, almost sorrowful expression. Lucky shot, you might think. But for freelance Alaskan photographer Patrick Endres, days of preparation may […]]]> 0