National Parks Conservation Association
Rating: 4.77 stars 69 reviews
Issues: Animals, Environment
Location: 777 6th Street Ste 700 Washington DC 20001 USA
Results: The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) works on the ground, in and around our national parks, conducting research, and working hand-in-hand with park staff, community leaders, park advocates, and state and federal legislators to ensure that our national parks and monuments are welcoming and well funded, well managed and well protected for generations today and tomorrow. NPCA can be found mobilizing citizens and joining with communities, businesses, landowners, and activists; promoting legislation that strengthens protections for the national parks, advocating for the funding our national parks and monuments need, establishing or enforcing legal safeguards through the courts; and doing everything we can to protect our national parks for years to come. NPCA was established in 1919 to be an independent voice for our National Park System. One of our founders, Stephen Mather, was also the first director of the National Park Service, which was established in 1916. Mather and others saw a clear need for an independent voice outside of the federal government to protect the nation’s parklands. For more than 90 years, the nonpartisan, independent, membership organization has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing the park system’s superlative examples of America’s natural, cultural, and historic heritage. NPCA and its more than a million members and supporters are committed to preserving the most diverse park system in the world for us now and for those who will come after.
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As an American of African ancestry, I have the relatively unique good fortune of knowing the National Park System from Alaska to Florida. Many of the parks I've visited result from my multiple-term service on the board of NPCA, and I am ALWAYS thrilled to see how the staff in the national parks receive us..they express great appreciation for NPCA and the work we do. I give a lot of my time and resources to NPCA because I believe deeply in the organization's mission. Simultaneously, I am able to connect NPCA with national park leaders at the grassroots level..for example, one of the young men we mentored back in the 90s, from one of the roughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, is today a National Geographic Emerging Explorer..so NPCA's work spans generations and is echoing into the future...
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