After graduating law school, I volunteered to do legal research for the Southeast Office of NPCA. The staff was fantastic. I got to work on a project focused on the clean-up and protection of the Buffalo National River. Using my legal research skills, I wrote a memo on the possibilities of some legal remedies, and then was asked to draft a letter to various state government actors. I also was asked to sit in on conference calls discussing the ongoing litigation and clean-up of the river. Overall, I felt my contributions actually helped make a difference. I would definitely volunteer with NPCA again.
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...
The National Park Service has almost 400 sites and the National Parks Conservation Association supports them all. NPCA alerts the public about threats, immediate and potential, and takes action to prevent harm to the parks. NPCA takes a leadership role in publicizing and advocating new sites be brought into the NPS system.
The N.P.C.A. does a wonderful job of reminding us what a beautiful country we really have. I so long to visit each park and maybe someday it will become a realtiy as I am a nature lover. I really apprecitate all the information that the N.C.P.A post especially the breath taking photos. I just wish our government was more supportive of America's most beautiful places. Please continue to keep up the great work that you do.
The NPCA does wonderful work to help preserve America's most beautiful and cherished places, our National Parks.
This organization is vital to the longer term sustainability of the National Parks. They do great work in government affairs, helping park staff be the best that can be, and assisting in the best ideas to help protect our natural and cultural resources.
I think our National Parks are the largest gift the United States of America has to offer the world at this point in time. I have traveled to many but still haven't seen so many... Rocky Mountain National Park is one of our family faves but they are all on my "bucket list"!
NPCA is a great organization! I am alerted to issues that our national parks face and I am certain NPCA works tirelessly to protect the places that are so important to me.
Our National Parks are part of our history and heritage, it is our duty to keep them open and protected for everyone of all generations to enjoy. I feel blessed that we have an organization whose role is to do so and am proud to have been a member for many years so my children can keep on enjoying our nature and history.