NPCA's Park Advocate » future parks News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:06:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pride Month Trivia Challenge Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:35:52 +0000 Q: The National Park Service has not always done a great job of interpreting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) history in the park system. Fortunately, the agency has made strides in recent years toward both celebrating equality in the workplace and educating the public on landmarks and historic figures central to LGBT communities. Test […]]]> 0 Youth Push for Pullman on Capitol Hill Fri, 23 May 2014 15:00:38 +0000 Earlier this month, NPCA and its supporters met with members of Congress to discuss creating Chicago’s first national park in the Pullman Historic District, the first model industrial town where the famous Pullman sleeper train cars were manufactured. This group included an important constituent group that NPCA is excited to see advocating for national parks—Millennials. Carina […]]]> 0 Why We Lobby: Park Advocates Take to the Hill Thu, 01 May 2014 12:21:11 +0000 By Barry Cox Lobbying has a bad reputation, but the truth is, the right of American citizens to petition their elected representatives with their ideas, needs, and demands is as old as the Republic itself. While some unscrupulous practitioners have given the term lobbying a bad name, lobbying is as wholesome and American as apple pie. […]]]> 0 The Attack on the Antiquities Act Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:11:09 +0000 In a move that alarmed the conservation community last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1459, legislation that would restrict the president’s powers to designate new national monuments under the Antiquities Act. Known as the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act or “EPIC,” H.R. 1459 ironically spells an epic […]]]> 3 Where the Wild Things Were Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:27:27 +0000 A trip to Las Vegas can bring out the wild animal in many of us—but visitors to the southern Nevada desert may not realize the kinds of actual wild animals that roamed the area long before the flashing lights and clanking slot machines took up residence on the Strip. A mere 30 minutes north of […]]]> 0 One Step Closer to Chicago’s First National Park Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:26:31 +0000 Today, just days after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, Congress is one step closer to preserving a Chicago site rich with Civil Rights and labor rights history by introducing legislation that would name the historic Pullman neighborhood as the city’s first national park. The Pullman Company was home to the Brotherhood of Sleeping […]]]> 0 Meet NPCA’s New President and CEO Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:03:17 +0000 Earlier this week, NPCA named a new president and CEO to lead the organization during a time of political volatility, symbolic milestones, and strong public support for national parks. Innovator and conservationist Clark Bunting will take the helm next week after 26 years at the Discovery Channel, most recently as president and general manager, helping […]]]> 0 One Year Later: Park Service Recommendations for Expanding César Chávez Monument into Comprehensive Historic Park Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:45:42 +0000 Ever plan a birthday party where no one shows up? Sadly, the César E. Chávez National Monument could not commemorate the one-year anniversary of the park’s dedication on October 8—because the site was closed and the monument’s one dedicated Park Service employee, Superintendent Ruben Andrade, was furloughed due to the federal government shutdown. Despite the […]]]> 0 Labor Day Has Its Roots in Chicago’s Historic Pullman Neighborhood Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:23:45 +0000 UPDATE: On August 21, hundreds of Chicago residents and business owners joined National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and city, county, state and federal elected officials to discuss the possibility of including the historic Pullman neighborhood in the National Park System. Acknowledging the overwhelming community support, Director Jarvis said he was ready to recommend an […]]]> 0 One Step Closer to a Manhattan Project National Historical Park Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:03:01 +0000 Advocates have been waiting more than a decade to create a national park that would preserve historic sites and artifacts involved in the development of nuclear energy and the making of the atomic bomb. Now, we could be remarkably close to seeing these once super-secret details and places in American history open and interpreted for […]]]> 0