NPCA's Park Advocate » victories http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:32:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 VICTORY: What You Helped Protect at Biscayne National Park http://parkadvocate.org/victory-what-you-helped-protect-at-biscayne-national-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/victory-what-you-helped-protect-at-biscayne-national-park/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 09:40:37 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8309 Earlier today, park officials at Biscayne made an announcement that NPCA has been waiting more than 15 years to hear: The park will establish a new marine reserve to help protect its fragile, one-of-a-kind underwater resources. This important step represents the work of numerous environmental groups, scientists, fishermen, and concerned citizens—including more than 20,000 NPCA […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/victory-what-you-helped-protect-at-biscayne-national-park/feed/ 0 Slideshow: 9 Civil War Battlefields You Helped Save http://parkadvocate.org/9-civil-war-battlefields-you-helped-save/ http://parkadvocate.org/9-civil-war-battlefields-you-helped-save/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 05:07:08 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8031 150 years ago this month, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, leading to the end of the Civil War. The conflict cost more than 600,000 American lives and nearly split our nation in two. Today, Civil War battlefields offer visitors the opportunity not only to […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/9-civil-war-battlefields-you-helped-save/feed/ 1 FAQ: New National Monument at Pullman Shines a Spotlight on Community Spirit and Our Shared Heritage http://parkadvocate.org/faq-new-national-monument-at-pullman-shines-a-spotlight-on-community-spirit-and-our-shared-heritage/ http://parkadvocate.org/faq-new-national-monument-at-pullman-shines-a-spotlight-on-community-spirit-and-our-shared-heritage/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:29:00 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7818 Earlier today, President Obama stood in front of hundreds of community advocates in Chicago and declared Pullman a national monument. This long-awaited event is the result of years of work by NPCA and so many people that care about this place’s significant contributions to our shared history, from the U.S. labor movement to Civil Rights. […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/faq-new-national-monument-at-pullman-shines-a-spotlight-on-community-spirit-and-our-shared-heritage/feed/ 1 Judge’s Ruling a Victory for Buffalo National River http://parkadvocate.org/judges-ruling-a-huge-victory-for-buffalo-national-river/ http://parkadvocate.org/judges-ruling-a-huge-victory-for-buffalo-national-river/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:42:42 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7751 The end of 2014 brought a legal victory so significant for the Buffalo National River watershed in Arkansas that the nonprofit environmental law organization Earthjustice called it “a rare win against industrial agriculture and federal malfeasance.” Congress established the Buffalo National River in 1972 as America’s first national river. Over a million people visit this […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/judges-ruling-a-huge-victory-for-buffalo-national-river/feed/ 6 Historic “Parks Package” Passes Congress http://parkadvocate.org/historic-parks-package-passes-congress/ http://parkadvocate.org/historic-parks-package-passes-congress/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:06:47 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7573 Today, Congress authorized the largest expansion of the National Park System since 1978 by passing the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 3979): a remarkable achievement. This legislation includes a public lands title with more than a dozen park bills and represents an enormous bipartisan win that celebrates America’s public lands and history and truly shows how national parks […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/historic-parks-package-passes-congress/feed/ 8 Victory: Incinerator Project Defeated at Monocacy http://parkadvocate.org/victory-incinerator-project-defeated-at-monocacy/ http://parkadvocate.org/victory-incinerator-project-defeated-at-monocacy/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 13:53:31 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7530 For nearly a decade, county officials in Maryland had planned to build a large trash-burning incinerator just yards away from the park boundary at Monocacy National Battlefield. On November 21, after a long campaign by hundreds of advocates united in their opposition to this ill-conceived plan,  the  Frederick County Commissioners finally reassessed and voted against the […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/victory-incinerator-project-defeated-at-monocacy/feed/ 0 A Little-Known Piece of History Reclaimed http://parkadvocate.org/a-little-known-piece-of-history-reclaimed/ http://parkadvocate.org/a-little-known-piece-of-history-reclaimed/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:02:44 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7329 Many Americans will recognize this coming Monday, October 13, as a holiday honoring Christopher Columbus. Thanks to NPCA supporters, the citizens of Florida will also take this day to recognize an unsung hero who made one of our national parks possible: Lancelot Jones. Few people know the amazing story of Lancelot Jones and his role […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/a-little-known-piece-of-history-reclaimed/feed/ 0 Wilderness Wins on the West Coast http://parkadvocate.org/supreme-court-shucks-oyster-company/ http://parkadvocate.org/supreme-court-shucks-oyster-company/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:02:04 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7048 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/supreme-court-shucks-oyster-company/feed/ 5 The Elwha River, Undammed at Last http://parkadvocate.org/the-elwha-river-undammed-at-last/ http://parkadvocate.org/the-elwha-river-undammed-at-last/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:16:17 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7273 There’s plenty I could say about my recent rafting trip down the newly restored Elwha River, but sometimes a simple “Wooohoooo!” says it all. That was my natural reaction to more than a decade of work by NPCA and its partners to remove two antiquated dams from this spectacular northwestern river, restoring it to a […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/the-elwha-river-undammed-at-last/feed/ 4 Fishy Business http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/ http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:14:08 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6223 Imagine paddling along in your canoe or going for a swim in a tranquil national park river, enjoying a perfect afternoon. Then, out of nowhere, a fish as large as a golden retriever leaps out of the water toward you. Scary? Definitely. But that’s the least of it. The monstrous invasive fish known as Asian […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/feed/ 0