NPCA's Park Advocate » landscape conservation News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Filling in the Gaps at Grand Teton: 1,280 Reasons to Celebrate Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:23:53 +0000 No matter how many times I venture into Grand Teton National Park, I am awestruck by the majestic peaks, extraordinary wildlife, and skies that extend for miles. While builders continue to develop land around the park for commercial uses and trophy homes, the land inside the park remains a sanctuary for millions of visitors, as […]]]> 0 Saving a Piece of History at Harpers Ferry Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:55:02 +0000 Today, NPCA and our partners announced an exciting milestone at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia. We helped purchase four acres of private land significant to the park’s Civil War and civil rights history so that these parcels can be incorporated into the national park and preserved forever. Protecting this modest acreage from […]]]> 0 Reducing the Harmful Impacts of Oil and Gas Development Near Theodore Roosevelt National Park Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:58:33 +0000 “I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota.” –Theodore Roosevelt Would Theodore Roosevelt still be inspired to become America’s greatest conservationist president if he experienced western North Dakota today? The land he lived on is now preserved as Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but […]]]> 0 Why Can’t Visitors Walk In to “Open-Air” Parks? Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:49:46 +0000 National parks are prominent icons representing the very best of America—so it’s not surprising that losing access to these inspirational places is causing heartbreak and anger around the country. When Congress closed the national parks as part of the government shutdown on October 1, it affected hundreds of thousands of visitors, business owners, and workers. […]]]> 6 National Parks Are a Grand Bargain Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:55:52 +0000 “It was a complete shock,” admits Mattea Sanders. A graduate student at American University, Mattea spent her last four summers working as an interpretive ranger in Virginia, first at Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park, then at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, giving battlefield tours and helping visitors—a job she loves. She had heard about […]]]> 0 New GeoStory Highlights National Parks in the Chesapeake Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:22:26 +0000 The dog days of summer are here and many in the Mid-Atlantic are escaping to the Chesapeake’s waters for its miles of shorelines offering world-class fishing, boating, and beaches. The Chesapeake landscape encompasses more than 50 national parks, and the health of these parks is directly linked to the health of the waters that flow […]]]> 0 Commitment to Mission in Action: NPCA Volunteers at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:24:10 +0000 Many people seem surprised when they find out that, as an NPCA employee, a typical day on the job does not include hiking around in the parks we work so hard to protect. Like many of my coworkers, I spend 99 percent of my time at work behind a desk. Fortunately, a group of NPCA […]]]> 1 Sharing the “Real” Civil War Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:43:59 +0000 Several years ago, Gettysburg National Military Park interpretive ranger and historian D. Scott Hartwig shared the following story. He was near the old Zeigler’s Grove visitors center when an English couple, spotting his Park Service uniform, stopped to ask a question. They had toured the battlefield, visited nearly every monument and statue, and seen the […]]]> 1 NPCA, Park Ranger Group Take Fracking Message to Congress Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:27:44 +0000 Earlier this year, NPCA released an in-depth look at fracking’s impact on our national parks in the report, National Parks and Hydraulic Fracturing: Balancing Energy Needs, Nature, and America’s National Heritage. Though the report’s case studies showed potentially dramatic impacts on some of the country’s most important landscapes, waterways, and wildlife species, we know that […]]]> 0 Two Million Gallons of Pig Waste Next to a National River? What a Load of Hogwash! Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:15:15 +0000 Imagine a factory farm with thousands of confined pigs and tons of waste just six miles upstream from a pristine river where hundreds of thousands of people fish, boat, and swim each year. Gross as it sounds, this place exists. A supplier for the international meat conglomerate Cargill recently built an industrial pig facility near […]]]> 1