NPCA's Park Advocate » Sun Coast News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:48:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Transmission Lines in Everglades National Park? No Thanks! Fri, 30 May 2014 14:13:38 +0000 Imagine Everglades National Park, and what comes to mind? For many people—even those who have never set foot in the park—the mere mention of its name is synonymous with breathtaking, unspoiled waters. The park is part of one of the largest wetlands in the world, supporting a complex series of ecosystems, including cypress swamps, mangrove […]]]> 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 Ticket to Ride: Free Trolley Service Expands Access to Everglades and Biscayne This Winter Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:20:31 +0000 Thirty miles south of Miami, the community of Homestead, Florida, sits in a lucky spot. Equidistant from two major national parks, with Everglades National Park about ten miles to the west and Biscayne National Park about ten miles to the east, residents and visitors are perfectly situated to enjoy some of the most beautiful lands, […]]]> 0 Focus on Water: Florida Ups the Ante in Everglades Restoration with $90 Million Funding Surprise Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:12:57 +0000 Disastrous flooding in South Florida is making the news again as water from Lake Okeechobee overflows and is released through the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. Unfortunately, this is something that we see all too often in the region—the water that should naturally flow south from Lake Okeechobee is trapped by man-made barriers and confined to […]]]> 0 Miami-Area Partnership Gets Urban Youth Involved in Protecting Parks Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:49:54 +0000 Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of watching young students from urban Miami eager and excited to get involved in protecting the national parks in their area. Just a few months ago, many of these remarkable kids had never even been to the Everglades and Biscayne. Now they were dedicating seven hours on a […]]]> 1 Miami Students Celebrate the First Annual Everglades Day with Fishing and Fun Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:46:54 +0000 Known for its nightlife, delicious food, and incredible beaches, Miami-Dade County is home to more than 2.5 million people. One of the area’s defining features is the fact that it is bound by two national parks, Biscayne to the east and the Everglades to the west. Even though these amazing, biodiverse natural areas sit only […]]]> 0 A Boaters’ Paradise That Preserves Coral Reefs Thu, 09 May 2013 16:59:50 +0000 Imagine boating to paradise and then—without meaning to—causing it harm. Thanks to more than a decade of work in the Virgin Islands, a national park visit by boat is now gentler on the marine environment. The spectacular coastal scenery, crystal clear waters, reliable winds, and beautiful bays of Virgin Islands National Park and the Virgin […]]]> 2 “How Did They Let This Happen?” Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:37:52 +0000 Many of us remember the images from the tragic Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that left 11 people dead. The disaster opened a gushing wellhead that emptied 5,000 barrels of oil per day into the ocean off the coast of Louisiana. I worked as a teacher in Louisiana as these events unfolded, and for me, […]]]> 1 Three Years Later: Gulf Coast Still Recovering from BP Oil Spill Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:26:41 +0000 This Saturday, April 20, marks the third anniversary of the oil rig explosion that devastated coastal communities, waters, and lands in the Gulf of Mexico and imposed tragic loss among 11 families. Nearly three years ago, I flew over the Gulf of Mexico in a small plane, to see firsthand the devastating impacts the 2010 […]]]> 0 Focus on Water: Celebrating World Water Day with Major Everglades Milestone Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:47:29 +0000 Today, March 22, we celebrate World Water Day. Officially sanctioned by the United Nations, this year’s theme is water cooperation, which recognizes the need to balance demands and priorities among multiple players involved in water management decisions. Much of Everglades restoration is about water cooperation and finding appropriate management solutions to meet the many needs […]]]> 1