NPCA's Park Advocate » Joshua Tree News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:16:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 No Trash, Just Treasure Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:14:34 +0000 We’ve been treated to quite a spring here in the California desert. After experiencing the greatest Joshua tree bloom on record this past April, one of our hardest-fought battles finally ended in victory last month—NPCA and our supporters have defeated the Eagle Mountain Landfill proposal once and for all. Eagle Mountain would have been the […]]]> 3 VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of “Death Valley Dreamlapse” Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:26:11 +0000 Last week, staff at NPCA escaped for a few minutes into the desert—virtually, at least—as we marveled at the latest video by Sunchaser Pictures, “Death Valley Dreamlapse” (below). Little did we know that the film crew captured these solitary dunes and spinning, swirling stars by traveling to a remote valley of the national park in […]]]> 0 Why This Election Matters for National Parks Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:35:41 +0000 Note: This is the first of several stories on the upcoming presidential election. You can sign NPCA’s petition urging the candidates to pledge their support for national parks. I will be watching tonight’s presidential debate closely, and I hope park lovers around the country will be watching with me. The decision American voters make this […]]]> 3 Valley on Fire Mon, 21 May 2012 14:07:26 +0000 We are driving east on a rugged powerline road in Clark Mountain’s shadow. The 8,000-foot peak is covered in snow. Pinyon-juniper forest commands the windshield view, with Joshua tree woodland in the rearview. As we negotiate the rocky pass with its perilous drop-off, we see the shimmering dry lakebed of Ivanpah Valley encircled by tall […]]]> 0 Restoring Land to Protect Joshua Tree National Park Thu, 03 May 2012 08:55:25 +0000 What are the ingredients for a successful restoration event? Ours started with volunteers from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), National Park Service (NPS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Student Conservation Association (SCA), and U.S. Marines from the Twentynine Palms Air Ground Combat Center, with generous support from Nature Valley. We added rakes, shovels, strong […]]]> 0