NPCA's Park Advocate » Second Century Commission News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:53:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sally Jewell: An Ideal Choice to Lead Our National Parks into Their Next Century Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:42:47 +0000 To witness our new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in her element, it helps to find her outdoors, whether she’s hiking a trail, paddling a kayak, or climbing a mountain. I know because I’ve gotten to share a number of excursions with her over the eight years she has served on NPCA’s board of trustees, and […]]]> 1 A Call to Action for 2016 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:23:12 +0000 This past weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the National Park Service’s Call to Actionreport, and a new opportunity to revisit the goals and policies guiding our national parks just four years shy of their centennial in 2016. What is the Call to Action? Last year, on the 95th birthday of the founding of the […]]]> 1 Supporting the Regional Parks that “Pay Huge Dividends” Wed, 18 Apr 2012 13:08:04 +0000 Ask someone to explain what a National Heritage Area (NHA) is, exactly, and you’re likely to get a long pause. At least, that’s what happened to me when I asked Annie Harris to fill me in. “It’s always hard to come up with some simple words,” she admits with a laugh. Harris knows NHAs inside […]]]> 0 The Public Promise Waiting to be Kept Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:20:47 +0000 “The best ships in the worst navy”—that’s how one NPS staffer responded when asked to describe history in the National Park Service. Check out a new report by the Organization for American Historians, Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service, to find out why this could be an apt metaphor to […]]]> 0 America’s Summit on National Parks: Moving from Vision to Action Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:38:31 +0000 Almost exactly three years ago, I flew to Montana late in the day. By the time my plane reached the tiny airport in Bozeman, it was too dark to see the stately, snow-capped mountains that I knew surrounded me. I felt the ten-degree chill as I wandered over to pick up my rental car, then […]]]> 0