|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||January 21, 2014|
|Contact:||Kati Schmidt, Senior Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association: 415.728.0840; Mobile: 415.847.1768|
National Parks Conservation Association Opens New Office in Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA – The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the nation's leading national park advocacy organization, today announced its newest field office in downtown Los Angeles. Opening the office and welcoming Los Angeles Program Manager Dennis Arguelles enables NPCA to increase its work to further engage diverse and urban populations in protecting current and future national park sites.
“With the fast-approaching 2016 centennial celebration of the National Park Service, the National Parks Conservation Association will be better equipped to build connections between diverse and urban communities and our national treasures with our new office,” said Ron Sundergill, senior director of the Pacific Region for the National Parks Conservation Association. “We are pleased to welcome Dennis Arguelles and the strong background that he brings to complement and further our organization’s goals.”
With more than 17 million people, the Los Angeles Metropolitan area is the second largest urban area in the country; yet has less open space than all other large metropolitan areas on the west coast.
“While I grew up in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains and have spent my life in one of the most populated and diverse regions in the country, southern California is lacking appropriate access to the recreational, educational, and peaceful treasures found in our national parks,” said Arguelles. “Working with the National Parks Conservation Association brings together many of my passions, and I am privileged to be working to expand, preserve, and strengthen our national parks.
In his new role with NPCA, Dennis will lead projects including building support for a proposal to expand Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area; fighting an ill-sited solar farm project that would have a negative impact on the nearby Manzanar National Historic Site; and supporting National Park Service recommendations to designate and expand national park sites dedicated to the life and work of Cesar E. Chavez and the Farm Labor movement.
Dennis Arguelles brings more than 20 years of nonprofit management and advocacy experience in Los Angeles’s low income, immigrant, and ethnic communities to the National Parks Conservation Association. Arguelles most recently served as Director of Programs with Search to Involve Pilipino Americans. He is the past president and a current board member of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, where he also formerly served as Executive Director.
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