NPCA's Park Advocate » victories http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:14:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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/ 0 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/ 3 Filling in the Gaps at Grand Teton: 1,280 Reasons to Celebrate http://parkadvocate.org/filling-in-the-gaps-at-grand-teton-1280-reasons-to-celebrate/ http://parkadvocate.org/filling-in-the-gaps-at-grand-teton-1280-reasons-to-celebrate/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:23:53 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5021 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/filling-in-the-gaps-at-grand-teton-1280-reasons-to-celebrate/feed/ 0 Ticket to Ride: Free Trolley Service Expands Access to Everglades and Biscayne This Winter http://parkadvocate.org/ticket-to-ride-free-trolley-service-expands-access-to-everglades-and-biscayne-this-winter/ http://parkadvocate.org/ticket-to-ride-free-trolley-service-expands-access-to-everglades-and-biscayne-this-winter/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:20:31 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4541 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, […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/ticket-to-ride-free-trolley-service-expands-access-to-everglades-and-biscayne-this-winter/feed/ 0 Saving a Piece of History at Harpers Ferry http://parkadvocate.org/saving-a-piece-of-history-at-harpers-ferry-partners-protect-four-threatened-acres/ http://parkadvocate.org/saving-a-piece-of-history-at-harpers-ferry-partners-protect-four-threatened-acres/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:55:02 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4508 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/saving-a-piece-of-history-at-harpers-ferry-partners-protect-four-threatened-acres/feed/ 0 A Transformative Victory http://parkadvocate.org/a-transformative-victory-a-qa-with-don-barger-on-progress-reducing-coal-based-pollution-in-the-southeast/ http://parkadvocate.org/a-transformative-victory-a-qa-with-don-barger-on-progress-reducing-coal-based-pollution-in-the-southeast/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:25:42 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4476 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, […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/a-transformative-victory-a-qa-with-don-barger-on-progress-reducing-coal-based-pollution-in-the-southeast/feed/ 3 No Trash, Just Treasure http://parkadvocate.org/no-trash-just-treasure-landfill-development-finally-defeated-at-joshua-tree-national-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/no-trash-just-treasure-landfill-development-finally-defeated-at-joshua-tree-national-park/#comments Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:14:34 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=3470 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/no-trash-just-treasure-landfill-development-finally-defeated-at-joshua-tree-national-park/feed/ 3 Unsportsmanlike Conduct http://parkadvocate.org/unsportsmanlike-conduct-bear-baiting-and-spotlighting-dont-belong-in-our-national-preserves/ http://parkadvocate.org/unsportsmanlike-conduct-bear-baiting-and-spotlighting-dont-belong-in-our-national-preserves/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:45:56 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=3088 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/unsportsmanlike-conduct-bear-baiting-and-spotlighting-dont-belong-in-our-national-preserves/feed/ 0 President Obama Preserves Three Important Sites in America’s History, Honors Civil War Hero Harriet Tubman http://parkadvocate.org/president-obama-preserves-three-important-sites-in-americas-history-honors-civil-war-hero-harriet-tubman/ http://parkadvocate.org/president-obama-preserves-three-important-sites-in-americas-history-honors-civil-war-hero-harriet-tubman/#comments Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:06:34 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=2911 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/president-obama-preserves-three-important-sites-in-americas-history-honors-civil-war-hero-harriet-tubman/feed/ 1 Saving Beauty, One Ranch at a Time http://parkadvocate.org/saving-beauty-one-ranch-at-a-time-new-addition-slated-for-petrified-forest-national-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/saving-beauty-one-ranch-at-a-time-new-addition-slated-for-petrified-forest-national-park/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:21:38 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=2702 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/saving-beauty-one-ranch-at-a-time-new-addition-slated-for-petrified-forest-national-park/feed/ 1