NPCA's Park Advocate » Yellowstone News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thomas “Yellowstone” Moran: Influencing Change with Art Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:49:15 +0000 Can one person’s artistic vision create change and protect something astounding? In the case of painter Thomas Moran, one man’s art was a major influence in preserving what is now one of the world’s most cherished places: Yellowstone National Park. Long before America had a National Park Service or a National Park System, mountain men and […]]]> 0 5 Tips for Visiting National Parks in Winter Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:21:58 +0000 As the manager of NPCA’s ParkScapes travel program for the last seven years, I’ve planned national park trips for hundreds of park lovers all across the country and in all seasons—Texas’ Big Bend in the spring, California’s Yosemite in the autumn, Montana’s Glacier in the summer, and even Alaska’s Denali in the winter. Winter adventures are some […]]]> 0 Best of the ‘Net: A Roundup of Fun Park Stuff Online–April Fools’ Edition Fri, 05 Apr 2013 18:54:12 +0000 This week’s roundup of the best park stories online was an interesting one due to April Fools’ Day. Some of these stories are real and some are fake, but I actually believed one of the fake ones–for a moment. Guess which one. 1. I’d like to say we have all been there—setting the story straight […]]]> 0 Death of Alpha Wolf Sparks Renewed Concern over Hunting near Yellowstone Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:42:11 +0000 She was graceful and photogenic. She was a good mother. She was widely admired for her strength and beauty. But earlier this month, a hunter killed one of Yellowstone’s most famous canines just 15 miles outside the park boundary in Wyoming—the gray wolf that led the Lamar Canyon Pack in the northeast region of the […]]]> 14 Hikes to See Pronghorn Feature Unexpected Guests Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:32:16 +0000 In conservation, it is easy to get wrapped up in wonky policy debates or overcome by process. Fortunately, my Nature Valley-sponsored “Path of the Pronghorn” hikes each fall are a poignant reminder of the beauty and natural order that exist in Yellowstone National Park and why we work so hard to protect it. This season, […]]]> 0 Call Me Ranger … National Park Ranger Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:57:31 +0000 With the recent release of Skyfall, the new James Bond adventure, I’m reminded of how my love of the secret agent’s adventures and my passion for national parks led to writing a Bond-style thriller, set in Yellowstone National Park. Unleashing Colter’s Hell tells the story of a single park ranger’s race to prevent an attack […]]]> 0 From Montana to Qinghai Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:13:09 +0000 In July 2011, I received an unexpected email from someone named Lisong Ni. I’m glad I did. Lisong is part of a small group of people working to create a new national park in China’s Qinghai Province. He contacted me because of my experience in Wyoming and Montana, including Yellowstone National Park, an area similar […]]]> 2 Wolves under Fire in Wyoming Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:20:02 +0000 This month has been a sad one for Wyoming’s wolves. On October 1, the federal government removed wolves from the protection of the Endangered Species Act, allowing the state to permit hunting of these animals, despite glaring deficiencies in Wyoming’s wolf management plan. Even worse, the state included national park lands (namely, the John D. […]]]> 6 National Parks Plus Kids, Week Five: On to Yellowstone! Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:51:05 +0000 The world’s first national park is, not surprisingly, a fascinating, magical wonderland. Take your kids! There’s nothing quite like watching your children thrill at their first Old Faithful eruption, or feeling your souls jump in unison at the primordial howls of wolves in the Lamar Valley. Yellowstone offers so many surprises. It is a place […]]]> 0 Everybody Needs a Rock, and to Know Where to Find One Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:52:25 +0000 As her cousins raced down a path in Yellowstone National Park a couple of weeks ago, Mia lagged behind. She was upset. I don’t even remember exactly what she was upset about, just that it was the kind of meltdown that is an age-old staple of family trips. Anyone who has ever gone on a […]]]> 3