NPCA's Park Advocate » Call to Action News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:02:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Precaution, Funding, and Science-Based Policy Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:39:20 +0000 When a team of scientists and conservationists led by A. Starker Leopold wrote the Leopold Report in 1963, national park visitors were still feeding bears through their car windows, nocturnal wildlife still feasted on park garbage dumps, and park rangers still shot cougars and wolves to maximize the number of visitor-friendly elk and pronghorn. Prompted […]]]> 0 A Call to Action for 2016 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:23:12 +0000 This past weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the National Park Service’s Call to Actionreport, and a new opportunity to revisit the goals and policies guiding our national parks just four years shy of their centennial in 2016. What is the Call to Action? Last year, on the 95th birthday of the founding of the […]]]> 1 National Parks’ Birthday: Time to Renew a National Commitment Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:24:44 +0000 This week, as we celebrate the National Park Service’s 96th birthday we can reflect on the challenges and opportunities facing our national parks as they near their second century. From the shores of Acadia to the battlefields at Gettysburg, the petroglyphs at Mesa Verde and the bison that roam Yellowstone, our 397 national parks protect […]]]> 0 A Call to Action for the Nation’s Urban Parks Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:27:14 +0000 The nation’s urban national parks are long-neglected, underfunded, under-used, and often unreachable through public transportation. Yet they are a critical asset that can anchor communities, dramatically improve quality of life, and help maintain our nation’s identity. They are often overlooked compared to iconic western parks like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, yet they provide great […]]]> 0 America’s Summit on National Parks: Moving from Vision to Action Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:38:31 +0000 Almost exactly three years ago, I flew to Montana late in the day. By the time my plane reached the tiny airport in Bozeman, it was too dark to see the stately, snow-capped mountains that I knew surrounded me. I felt the ten-degree chill as I wandered over to pick up my rental car, then […]]]> 0