NPCA's Park Advocate » Everglades News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Transmission Lines in Everglades National Park? No Thanks! Fri, 30 May 2014 14:13:38 +0000 Imagine Everglades National Park, and what comes to mind? For many people—even those who have never set foot in the park—the mere mention of its name is synonymous with breathtaking, unspoiled waters. The park is part of one of the largest wetlands in the world, supporting a complex series of ecosystems, including cypress swamps, mangrove […]]]> 0 Ticket to Ride: Free Trolley Service Expands Access to Everglades and Biscayne This Winter Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:20:31 +0000 Thirty miles south of Miami, the community of Homestead, Florida, sits in a lucky spot. Equidistant from two major national parks, with Everglades National Park about ten miles to the west and Biscayne National Park about ten miles to the east, residents and visitors are perfectly situated to enjoy some of the most beautiful lands, […]]]> 0 Focus on Water: Florida Ups the Ante in Everglades Restoration with $90 Million Funding Surprise Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:12:57 +0000 Disastrous flooding in South Florida is making the news again as water from Lake Okeechobee overflows and is released through the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. Unfortunately, this is something that we see all too often in the region—the water that should naturally flow south from Lake Okeechobee is trapped by man-made barriers and confined to […]]]> 0 Miami-Area Partnership Gets Urban Youth Involved in Protecting Parks Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:49:54 +0000 Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of watching young students from urban Miami eager and excited to get involved in protecting the national parks in their area. Just a few months ago, many of these remarkable kids had never even been to the Everglades and Biscayne. Now they were dedicating seven hours on a […]]]> 1 Miami Students Celebrate the First Annual Everglades Day with Fishing and Fun Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:46:54 +0000 Known for its nightlife, delicious food, and incredible beaches, Miami-Dade County is home to more than 2.5 million people. One of the area’s defining features is the fact that it is bound by two national parks, Biscayne to the east and the Everglades to the west. Even though these amazing, biodiverse natural areas sit only […]]]> 0 Best of the ’Net: The Get Outside Edition Fri, 10 May 2013 12:07:33 +0000 Best of the ’Net is NPCA’s weekly roundup of fun park-related stuff online. I love spring! You see more and more people getting outside enjoying our parks. I have a few things to help get you outdoors this week, including tips for your next trip to Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, an excuse to […]]]> 0 Three Years Later: Gulf Coast Still Recovering from BP Oil Spill Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:26:41 +0000 This Saturday, April 20, marks the third anniversary of the oil rig explosion that devastated coastal communities, waters, and lands in the Gulf of Mexico and imposed tragic loss among 11 families. Nearly three years ago, I flew over the Gulf of Mexico in a small plane, to see firsthand the devastating impacts the 2010 […]]]> 0 Focus on Water: Celebrating World Water Day with Major Everglades Milestone Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:47:29 +0000 Today, March 22, we celebrate World Water Day. Officially sanctioned by the United Nations, this year’s theme is water cooperation, which recognizes the need to balance demands and priorities among multiple players involved in water management decisions. Much of Everglades restoration is about water cooperation and finding appropriate management solutions to meet the many needs […]]]> 1 A Valentine’s Day Q&A with Audrey Peterman Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:31:21 +0000 In 1995, Audrey Peterman and her husband Frank packed up their car and traveled 12,000 miles to national parks around the country for the first time, despite the protests of family and friends who worried for their safety. For two months they had life-changing experiences in places where they were often the only African Americans […]]]> 2 Focus on Water: Celebrating Everglades Victories and Looking Forward Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:33:11 +0000 Everglades champions and advocates convened earlier this month in Coral Gables, Florida, for the 28th annual Everglades Coalition Conference–an event that unites hundreds of people who are working to restore America’s Everglades. Looking back over recent years and at the opportunities that lie ahead, there is a lot to celebrate. Under the leadership of NPCA’s […]]]> 1