Sweep over the stark Badlands of South Dakota, under the curve of St. Louis Arch, 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 – such as Lincoln Home National Historic Site – 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 small, but mighty team of the Midwest operate from Chicago, Illinois with a supporting field office in St. Paul, Minnesota. The diversity of this region’s parks means that the staff might spend one day fighting for the continued survival of the wolf at Isle Royale and the next day planning a community outreach event. Much of their work also builds off previous success. After advocating diligently for the designation of Chicago’s first national park, Pullman National Monument, the team now prioritizes improving the visitor experience while raising the park’s profile among area residents. Following the huge victory for Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, in which the St. Anthony Falls’ lock was closed and the river upstream protected from the invasive Asian carp, the Midwest team envisions opportunity for a new visitor center at the closed lock, and shifts its advocacy to the nearby St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Acknowledging that parks do not exist in isolation, they also strive to increase the stewardship and conservation of the broader landscape between Pullman and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and between the great national parks of South Dakota.

The Midwest team will continue to build park allies and work across local, state, and federal lines to fight for the enhanced protections of the many landscapes, resources, and stories that make the parks of this region so exceptional.

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