NPCA's Park Advocate » victories News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:56:04 +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 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 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 A Transformative Victory Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:25:42 +0000 Above: The difference in pollution levels between 1990 and 2010 at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo courtesy of Colorado State University. In 2011, NPCA helped broker a historic agreement with the country’s largest power utility, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), to retrofit or retire 54 of its 59 coal-fired boilers. This agreement, known as a consent decree, […]]]> 3 No Trash, Just Treasure Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:14:34 +0000 By David Lamfrom, California Desert Senior Program Manager We’ve been treated to quite a spring here in the California desert. After experiencing the greatest Joshua tree bloom on record this past April, one of our hardest-fought battles finally ended in victory last month—NPCA and our supporters have defeated the Eagle Mountain Landfill proposal once and […]]]> 3 Unsportsmanlike Conduct Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:45:56 +0000 I get a real sense of accomplishment when the Park Service takes action on an issue we’ve been pushing for years. In early April, the agency renewed temporary regulations to keep hunters from killing black bear cubs and sows with cubs with spotlights at their den sites in Gates of the Arctic and Denali National […]]]> 0 President Obama Preserves Three Important Sites in America’s History, Honors Civil War Hero Harriet Tubman Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:06:34 +0000 Today the country celebrates an important milestone in preserving its history. After years of advocacy and study, President Obama has finally named three new national monuments as part of the National Park System, including a new national park site on Maryland’s Eastern Shore honoring Harriet Tubman. This new national monument encompasses several sites in Dorchester […]]]> 0 Saving Beauty, One Ranch at a Time Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:21:38 +0000 The first time NPCA’s Arizona Program Manager Kevin Dahl saw the McCauley Ranch at Petrified Forest National Park, he was with a group of scientists and park enthusiasts exploring private lands identified for eventual addition to the park. The spacious McCauley piece of high-elevation desert covers 4,265 acres near the famous fossilized trees that draw […]]]> 1 Grand Teton Gets $16 Million to Preserve Threatened State Lands—Just in the Nick of Time Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:20:52 +0000 Late last month, NPCA helped secure a significant down-to-the-wire victory for Grand Teton National Park. After years of pressure from NPCA, the federal government allotted $8 million toward a total of $16 million to purchase 86 acres along the Snake River from the state of Wyoming and incorporate these lands into the national park. The […]]]> 1 Protecting the Wilderness at Drakes Estero Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:01:37 +0000 Photo © Robert Campbell/Chamois Moon. Americans are captivated by wilderness; it comes in all shapes and sizes, from the forested Olympic National Park to the river of grass in the Everglades. Thanks to U.S. Secretary Ken Salazar, Americans can now experience the majestic beauty of the first marine wilderness area on the West Coast: Drakes Estero, […]]]> 5