NPCA's Park Advocate » visitation News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 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 Why Don’t States Run National Parks? Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:04:48 +0000 Earlier this month, several states helped lessen the economic hardship from the federal government shutdown by opening a handful of national parks on a case-by-case basis while the rest of the National Park System was closed. It is a testament to the importance of these places that governors were willing to contribute from their own […]]]> 3 Why Can’t Visitors Walk In to “Open-Air” Parks? Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:49:46 +0000 National parks are prominent icons representing the very best of America—so it’s not surprising that losing access to these inspirational places is causing heartbreak and anger around the country. When Congress closed the national parks as part of the government shutdown on October 1, it affected hundreds of thousands of visitors, business owners, and workers. […]]]> 6 How Is the Government Shutdown Affecting National Parks? Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:22:48 +0000 You can urge your members of Congress to re-open parks and support full funding for the Park Service by taking action on NPCA’s website and calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 and asking to speak with your representatives. Not sure who your representatives are? Look them up on NPCA’s website. Update, October 1, 2013: As of […]]]> 6 Park Service Releases Most-Visited National Park Data for 2012 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:47:17 +0000 Today, the National Park Service released its annual numbers on the most-visited sites throughout the park system in 2012. Though there aren’t many surprises in this year’s lists, it’s always interesting to see some of the most popular parks in the country and how these numbers compare to previous years. (You can find last year’s […]]]> 4 The Top 5 Myths about the Sequester and National Parks Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:04:53 +0000 NPCA has been warning the public for well over a year that the deep federal budget cuts known as the sequester would harm national parks. We’ve seen a groundswell of support to restore critically needed funding to the Park Service, but we’ve also heard a great deal of misunderstanding about these funding cuts. Here are […]]]> 3 Proof Positive: Our National Parks Are in Peril Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:27:46 +0000 For the past year, NPCA has been sounding the alarm about the threats to our national parks in the face of looming across-the-board federal budget cuts that could occur March 1 if lawmakers fail to reach agreement. Now, we have the clearest indications yet that those threats are very real—and are putting both our national […]]]> 0 Hunting in the National Park System? Wed, 25 Apr 2012 19:03:07 +0000 Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill known as the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act which, if passed in the Senate in its current form, could allow hunting in units of the National Park System that currently do not permit it. NPCA strongly opposes this provision of the bill. What follows is an interview […]]]> 1 Friday Photo: 23,743 Luminaries Commemorate the Battle of Shiloh Fri, 13 Apr 2012 14:29:48 +0000 Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee commemorated the 150th anniversary of what many consider to be the first major battle of the Civil War. Park officials honored the 23,743 casualties from that two-day battle by lighting candles throughout the battlefield in a “Grand Illumination”–a moving highlight to more than a week of related events at […]]]> 6 The Most Visited Parks in 2011 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 14:48:24 +0000 Last week, the National Park Service released data on the most visited parks of 2011. The list includes many of the same iconic places that attract tourists year after year, including the Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and Grand Teton, and it’s interesting to see the variety and geographic diversity of popular […]]]> 0