NPCA's Park Advocate » Northern Rockies News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:48:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thomas “Yellowstone” Moran: Influencing Change with Art Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:49:15 +0000 Can one person’s artistic vision create change and protect something astounding? In the case of painter Thomas Moran, one man’s art was a major influence in preserving what is now one of the world’s most cherished places: Yellowstone National Park. Long before America had a National Park Service or a National Park System, mountain men and […]]]> 0 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 Explore the Oil and Gas Development That Threatens Theodore Roosevelt’s Backyard Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:03:41 +0000 When a young Theodore Roosevelt owned and operated a cattle ranch in the badlands of western North Dakota in the 1880s, the landscape was a remote wilderness. Sixty years later, when the area around his ranch was protected as part of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, it quickly became a destination for travelers looking for unspoiled […]]]> 2 Sock Thief Confronts Climate Change: A Pika Tale Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:21:02 +0000 It’s startlingly sunny and windswept beside the lake I have hiked two hours uphill to see in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of Colorado. My shoes and socks are off, my muscles are the good kind of tired, and I’m sitting on a rock in the middle of a scree field next to water that is […]]]> 0 Check Out The National Parks Band That Supports National Park Lands Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:27:00 +0000 If you’re like me, you love the peaceful sounds of national parks. Here’s a chance to check out the inventive sounds of The National Parks—indie-folk artists Brady Parks, Sydney Carling, and Paige Wagner who make up the up-and-coming band one musician described as “the Lumineers meets Of Monsters and Men.” Starting today, The National Parks band is […]]]> 2 Take an Online Tour of Majestic Grand Teton in Wyoming Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:43:14 +0000 Seven thousand feet above the valley of Jackson Hole, the Teton Range dominates the landscape with its jagged granite pinnacles. Summer is an ideal time to explore this magnificent park and its 200 miles of trails, after most of the snow has melted and wildflowers are bursting with color. Each month, NPCA puts together a […]]]> 0 Fracking and National Park Wildlife Tue, 28 May 2013 08:52:33 +0000 Every year, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and oil (known as “fracking”) moves closer to national park boundaries, posing threats to park wildlife that science is only beginning to understand. From the eastern boundary of Glacier National Park in Montana, visitors can throw a stone and hit any of 16 exploratory wells and associated holding […]]]> 4 NPCA Petitions Park Service to Safeguard Park Wolves in Wyoming Wed, 22 May 2013 13:07:28 +0000 Last September, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) approved a plan to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species List in Wyoming. This controversial delisting could someday allow state-run wolf hunting within the John D. Rockefeller Parkway, a 24,000-acre national park site that connects Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. National parks are created […]]]> 0 Take an Online Tour of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Featured in NPCA’s New Report on Fracking Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:09:12 +0000 Long before Theodore Roosevelt became America’s 26th president, he spent years as a rancher in the rugged lands that would later become the national park that bears his name. He grew a strong attachment to the landscape, and now the park’s three distinct units cover some 70,000 acres of badlands, prairies, and forests abundant with […]]]> 0 National Parks Deserve to Be Protected from Oil and Gas Development Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:02:16 +0000 Theodore Roosevelt was our greatest conservation president. President Roosevelt’s boundless vision and determination resulted in a system of national parks that is the envy of the world, and has been called “America’s Best Idea.” Ironically, his namesake national park, which includes his North Dakota homestead, is currently facing a threat that could permanently degrade a patch […]]]> 4