Sweep over the stark Badlands of South Dakota, under the curve of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, along the shores of Indiana Dunes, and through the rugged wild of Isle Royale to gain a sense of the vast and diverse territory covered by NPCA's Midwest Regional Office. Spanning eleven states, the parks in this region reverberate with the stories of America, teaching us about our journey as a country, from our early residents to our presidents, and from tragic battles to triumphs of progress. In addition, they inspire us with their beauty, size, and natural resources. Building support for, and ensuring the protection of, these special places is the focus of NPCA’s Midwest Regional Office.

The Midwest regional team is based in Chicago, Illinois, with field offices in Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio. The diversity of this region’s parks means that the staff might spend one day fighting for the continued survival of wolves in the wilderness of Isle Royale National Park and the next day working to reimagine the future of the Mississippi River within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in the Twin Cities.

Because parks do not exist in isolation, the Midwest team works with the National Park Service and many landowners to protect parks in their landscapes. For example, within the Calumet Region along the shores of Lake Michigan from Pullman National Historical Park through the windswept dunes of Indiana Dunes National Park, NPCA brings public and private land managers together to solve conservation challenges, such as managing erosion and protecting wildlife and nature in this highly industrialized and fragmented landscape.

And after advocating diligently for the designation of Pullman, the team is working with hundreds of Chicago residents, businesses and government agencies to implement the award-winning vision Positioning Pullman, with a focus on advancing a cultural trail that will tell the history and untold stories of the park.

The Midwest Region is also home to the Great Lakes, the world’s largest freshwater lake system with ten national parks in five states. NPCA advocates for programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to support restoration efforts within and adjacent to these national parks.

NPCA recognizes all parks are on lands once and still used by indigenous communities. The Midwest Region is one of diverse tribal cultures and traditions that will not be overlooked or forgotten. NPCA recognizes the vital need to incorporate tribal voices and indigenous knowledge into management in our parks and will continue to advocate for co-management or other collaborative efforts between Midwest parks and tribes.

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