NPCA's Park Advocate » future parks News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:10:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Three New National Monuments in the California Desert? Thu, 17 Sep 2015 13:10:38 +0000 Senator Dianne Feinstein has proposed three new national monuments in the California desert that would preserve this spectacular region’s natural and cultural legacy for future generations. Urge President Obama to use the Antiquities Act to give these storied landscapes the protection they deserve! How You Can Help Please ask President Obama to protect these important […]]]> 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 […]]]> 8 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