NPCA's Park Advocate » Pacific region News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 22 May 2015 14:43:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Say No to Soda Mountain Solar Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:18:39 +0000 Soda Mountain Solar is a proposed solar energy plant that developers want to build in the shadow of Mojave National Preserve, right in the heart of the California desert. This proposal is the most harmful solar development that the Interior Department is currently considering, and the agency’s final decision will determine whether builders can put […]]]> 1 The Art of Resistance Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:06:06 +0000 It was a typical San Francisco winter day—in other words, we couldn’t see farther than a car’s length ahead of us—as my family and I drove across the Golden Gate Bridge. The fog horns were blowing, reminding my mom of how, as a child, she’d look out across the San Francisco Bay shrouded in mist […]]]> 1 Wilderness Wins on the West Coast Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:02:04 +0000 On October 6, just weeks after the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, park lovers got a new reason to celebrate. After more than 40 years of waiting, the National Park Service can now rid Drakes Estero, a picturesque inlet within Point Reyes National Seashore in California, of an industrial oyster company that has been damaging […]]]> 5 Waterfalls, Sesquicentinis, and Buffalo Soldiers Fri, 23 May 2014 18:08:18 +0000 One June 30, 1864, Congress passed and President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act into law—a groundbreaking piece of legislation that provided the first-ever wild land protections in our country. The law protected two exquisite gems, Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley, which both eventually became part of Yosemite National Park. Initially, the state of […]]]> 0 “Save All of the Natural Things” Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:56:11 +0000 “Who do the national parks belong to?” My colleague Kari Kiser, Pacific Regional Council Chairman Michael Malaga, and I posed this question to hundreds of Bay Area schoolchildren last month at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. The answers varied from “the police” to “the government” to “my parents.” Whenever children replied, “all of […]]]> 0 9 Romantic Park Trips for You and Your Valentine Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:45:15 +0000 Whether you want to live it up near the city lights or get away from it all under the starlight, national parks provide a wealth of amorous adventures for you and your Valentine. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring the amazing sites in our National Park System. To get the featured parks delivered […]]]> 1 Boy Wonders Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:22:01 +0000 Remember when you were young and asked all of your friends not to bring gifts to your birthday party? Odds are you don’t, because to most grade-schoolers, forgoing presents is an almost unthinkable sacrifice. That’s not the case for two California brothers, Owen and Zach Brunner, age 10 and 7 respectively. Owen started a tradition […]]]> 1 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 Are You Ready for a Bike Challenge to Help Protect Our National Parks? Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:59:36 +0000 Do you have what it takes to be a bike crusader for national parks? I wasn’t sure if I did. Two years ago, the thought of riding my bike for 325 miles over five days from New York to Washington, D.C., was daunting—but taking part in Climate Ride turned out to be an amazing, life-changing […]]]> 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