NPCA's Park Advocate » wilderness News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:55:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wild American Beauty: 10 Wilderness Areas to Explore Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:46:49 +0000 Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act by exploring some of America’s wildest places, from remote windswept tundras to cactus-dotted mountains to serene rock-strewn beaches. Several spots are surprisingly close to major cities. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park System. To get these features delivered to your inbox, sign up […]]]> 7 Fifty Years Later: Wilderness & Civil Rights in the Same Breath Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:49:11 +0000 Fifty years ago this summer, the 88th Congress passed the Civil Rights Act and the Wilderness Act, two landmark pieces of legislation that most Americans rarely consider in the same breath. Yet we’d all do well to, if we are to understand our society. Ending Jim Crow segregation and protecting wild land have more to […]]]> 2 An Overdue Dose of Wilderness Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:54:16 +0000 Earlier this month, Congress passed the first bill designating a new wilderness area in five years—the longest lapse ever between such designations. The bill specifically protects 32,500 acres at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a national park site in Michigan famous for its immense sand dunes and bluffs, as well as its beaches, forests, and […]]]> 0 Best of the ’Net: The Photo Lovers’ Edition Fri, 24 May 2013 13:02:02 +0000 Best of the ’Net is NPCA’s weekly roundup of fun park-related stuff online. Last weekend I dusted off my camera and adventured outside in the warming weather here in Virginia. I am by no means a professional, but I realized each of us can be a photographer. By taking images that intrigue us, we save […]]]> 0 An Opportunity We Can’t Afford to Lose at Pinnacles Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:17:39 +0000 Last week, President Obama officially signed legislation renaming Pinnacles National Monument to Pinnacles National Park, a name change that elevates its status and may help attract more visitors to the geologically rich 26,000-acre site about an hour and a half south of San Jose in California. The switch is a worthy first step toward recognizing the […]]]> 0 Friday Photos: Happy Anniversary ANILCA Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:54:51 +0000   Earlier this month, more than 100 million acres of public land in Alaska shared one common anniversary: On December 2, Lake Clark, Kenai Fjords, and other parks and preserves established through the Alaskan National Interest Land Conservation Act, or ANILCA, turned 32 years old. This federal legislation created ten different national parks and expanded three others in America’s largest, wildest state, including: Aniakchak National […]]]> 0 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 Alaska: Reflections from a Guest in the Wilderness Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:12:52 +0000 You can read about it and dream about going, but nothing compares with actually seeing it in person. Alaska, our 49th state, is an extraordinary place. This 582,000-square-mile parcel of land is sometimes referred to as “Seward’s folly,” after Secretary of State William Seward, who orchestrated its purchase in 1867 despite ridicule from his contemporaries. […]]]> 0 New NPS Video: Spend Three Minutes in the Wilderness Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:40:02 +0000 “In wildness is the preservation of the world,” said Henry David Thoreau. Yet relatively little of the world is designated as wildness–at least here in the United States. Since the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964, nearly 110 million acres of the United States have been designated as wilderness in 757 distinct tracts, from the six-acre Pelican Island […]]]> 0