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What do the woods of Acadia, the torch of the Statue of Liberty, the shores of Cape Cod, and the Italianate home of Franklin D. Roosevelt have in common? All of these diverse treasures — wild and urban, vast and small — can be found within the national parks of the Northeast. From the Delaware Water Gap in New Jersey to the newly designated site in Maine, NPCA’s Northeast Regional Office works to protect park units of astonishing cultural, historical, and natural diversity.
The Northeast Regional Office, based in New York City, works on a suite of issues. Their priorities include promoting and protecting the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, home of the Delaware River, water source for more than 15 million people; raising awareness of the grave maintenance needs of our parks, including those priceless places that tell America’s pre- and post-Revolution story; and engaging urban populations with the parks in their backyards, such as Gateway National Recreation Area.
Northeast Regional Office Field Reports
NPCA’s Northeast Regional Office produces an annual newsletter. These field reports provide timely updates and perspectives on issues of interest to our members and supporters in New York, New Jersey…See more ›
The Northeast office successfully secured community participation in the creation of Gateways’ general management plan, a visionary document that takes great strides toward balancing public recreation with protecting and restoring the park’s resources. This team also rallied support for the establishment of a national park at Stonewall in NY, the first site dedicated to telling the story of America’s LGBT movement.
The staff of the Northeast will continue to straddle both the urban and natural worlds as they focus on securing better transportation to the Jamaica Bay unit of Gateway, empowering more audiences to speak up for national parks, and collaborating with parks on needed climate change adaptations. It’s an important time for park protection, and we hope you’ll join the staff of the Northeast with their critical work.
Who Knew? Gateway's Hidden Gem
Covering an area nearly equal that of nearby Manhattan, Jamaica Bay is one of three units of the Gateway National Recreation Area. Visitors can bike the park's many trails, paddle the protected waters of the bay or hike within the wildlife refuge.
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Advocacy in Action Acadia Is No Place for Industrial Fish Farming UPDATE April 2022: A win for Acadia and National Park Advocates Everywhere! The Maine Department of Marine Resources terminated the lease applications needed to build a massive farm-raised salmon operation -- what would have been the world's largest -- near Acadia National Park.
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NPCA at Work New Monument in Maine's Spectacular North Woods Is Under Threat In August 2016, President Barack Obama designated more than 87,500 acres of land along the East Branch of the Penobscot River in Maine as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. But the Trump administration could attempt to alter or rescind the national park site’s federal protections following an April 2017 executive order mandating a federal review of national monuments created since 1996.
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NPCA at Work Help Prevent Revolutionary War Sites from Crumbling into History America’s most treasured places face significant challenges, including insufficient funding to repair and maintain important pieces of our country’s past. We need Congress to increase funding for our national parks so that Revolutionary War sites and other parts of our shared history can be preserved for generations to come.
Read more about A National Park for Stonewall
Victory A National Park for Stonewall On June 24, 2016, President Obama designated Stonewall National Monument, America’s first national park site dedicated to LGBT history.
There is nothing quite as moving as visiting one of these special places. I plan to someday visit them all. — KellyRead Full Story | Share Twitter Facebook
Read more about Jamaica Bay Advocates
NPCA at Work Jamaica Bay Advocates Jamaica Bay is a place where millions of New Yorkers go to have fun and explore nature. It is the largest unit of the National Park Service in New York City, consisting of 18,000 acres.
Read more about Outreach and Engagement Intern
Shira Michaeli Shira Michaeli serves as the Outreach and Engagement intern in NPCA's Northeast Regional office. Her work specifically focuses on engaging kids and teens in cultural sites in New York City, such as The Stonewall Inn. She is a rising senior studying Human Rights, American Studies, and Jewish Ethics in the joint program between Columbia University School of General Studies and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Read more about Northeast Regional Director
Staff Kristen Sykes Kristen Sykes is the Northeast Regional Director for NPCA. She loves spending time outdoors whether it is in an urban park or a wilderness area.
Read more about Regional Haze Pollution in EPA Region 2
Resource Regional Haze Pollution in EPA Region 2 Strong state regional haze plans are critical to restoring clean air and clear skies for beloved places like Brigantine Wilderness Area in New Jersey.
Read more about Regional Haze Pollution in EPA Region 1
Resource Regional Haze Pollution in EPA Region 1 Strong state regional haze plans are critical to restoring clean air and clear skies for beloved places in the Northeast including Acadia National Park, Moosehorn Wilderness Area, Great Gulf Wilderness Area, Lye Brook Wilderness, and the Presidential Range – Dry River Wilderness Area.
Read more about 8 National Park Gardens to Delight the Senses
Blog Post 8 National Park Gardens to Delight the Senses If you’re looking for some color and fragrance this spring and summer, gardens in national parks are — or soon will be — abloom.
Read more about 5 More Great American Outdoors Act Success Stories
Blog Post 5 More Great American Outdoors Act Success Stories This historic, bipartisan 2020 legislation has made big improvements in our national parks. As NPCA calls on Congress to extend this critically needed source of funding for deferred maintenance and repairs, these five parks showcase how this investment makes a difference.
Read more about The Final Frontier?
Blog Post The Final Frontier? Every U.S. state is home to a national park site, but this was not the case for most of the history of the National Park System. In 2013, President Obama used the Antiquities Act to create a national park site in the very last state to have one.
Read more about Flavors of Acadia
Magazine Article Flavors of Acadia The dishes one food writer dreamed up during a residency in Maine’s national park.
Read more about Northeast Senior Program Manager
Staff Todd Martin As the Northeast Senior Program Manager, Todd works to defend and enhance National Park units from Maine to Delaware. As a lifelong Mainer with more than a decade of grassroots environmental advocacy experience in the Pine Tree state, Todd is thrilled to join NPCA's northeast team.
Read more about Ozone Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet Ozone Fact Sheet Ozone threatens the health of park visitors and contributes to the disease and death of park species such as the black cherry tree in the East and aspen and ponderosa pine in the West. National park ecosystems across the country are already showing damage from ground-level ozone pollution.
Read more about Northeast Regional Office Field Reports
Report Northeast Regional Office Field Reports NPCA's Northeast Regional Office produces an annual newsletter. These field reports provide timely updates and perspectives on issues of interest to our members and supporters in New York, New Jersey and New England.
Read more about 8 Park Bills Congress Should Pass
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Read more about Why Stonewall Matters Now More Than Ever
Blog Post Why Stonewall Matters Now More Than Ever As inflammatory rhetoric and even violence against LGBTQ people accelerate, Stonewall National Monument in New York remains a powerful symbol of the community’s resilience and permanence.
Read more about A Diamond in the Rough
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Read more about Report Confirms Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Is Economic Powerhouse for NJ, PA Communities
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Read more about What Does Veterans Day Mean to You?
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Read more about Reflections on the Clean Water Act
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Read more about Acadia to Katahdin: Exploring Maine’s Waterways, Woodlands and Wabanaki Cultural Heritage
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Read more about Application: Northeast Youth Advisory Council
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Read more about Climate Change at Northeast Coastal National Parks
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Read more about Park Talks
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Read more about Stonewall 50: The Basics
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Read more about Northeast Office, National Parks for All People
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Read more about Northeast Senior Program Manager
Staff Lauren Cosgrove Having grown up in New England as a Brooklyn native, Lauren currently serves as a Senior Program Manager for NPCA’s Northeast Region. Since Lauren started with NPCA in 2014, she has worked to bolster nation-wide park funding, restore natural, historical and cultural resources and build a movement for community-led stewardship and advocacy for Northeast national parks.
Read more about Outreach & Engagement Program Manager
Staff Timothy Leonard Timothy is program manager of NPCA’s northeast outreach and engagement initiatives.
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Staff and Media Personnel Alison Zemanski Heis Alison Heis joined the organization in 2010 and oversees media outreach and communications for the East Coast, Midwest, and NPCA’s national water initiatives. She leads communication outreach focused on strengthening NPCA’s brand and our emerging celebrity engagement efforts.
Explore Our Parks
- Acadia National Park ›
- Adams National Historical Park ›
- African Burial Ground National Monument ›
- Appalachian National Scenic Trail ›
- Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park ›
- Boston African American National Historic Site ›
- Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area ›
- Boston National Historical Park ›
- Cape Cod National Seashore ›
- Castle Clinton National Monument ›
- Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site ›
- Ellis Island National Monument ›
- Federal Hall National Memorial ›
- Fire Island National Seashore ›
- Fort Stanwix National Monument ›
- Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site ›
- Gateway National Recreation Area ›
- General Grant National Memorial ›
- Governors Island National Monument ›
- Great Egg Harbor National Scenic & Recreational River ›
- Hamilton Grange National Memorial ›
- Harriet Tubman National Historical Park ›
- Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site ›
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site ›
- Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument ›
- Longfellow House National Historic Site ›
- Lowell National Historical Park ›
- Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park ›
- Martin Van Buren National Historic Site ›
- Minute Man National Historical Park ›
- Morristown National Historical Park ›
- New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park ›
- Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park ›
- Roger Williams National Memorial ›
- Sagamore Hill National Historic Site ›
- Saint Croix Island International Historic Site ›
- Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park ›
- Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site ›
- Salem Maritime National Historic Site ›
- Saratoga National Historical Park ›
- Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site ›
- Springfield Armory National Historic Site ›
- Statue of Liberty National Monument ›
- Stonewall National Monument ›
- Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site ›
- Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site ›
- Thomas Edison National Historical Park ›
- Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site ›
- Weir Farm National Historical Park ›
- Women's Rights National Historical Park ›
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