Located in Seattle, NPCA’s Northwest Regional Office works to protect the natural beauty, wild landscapes, diverse wildlife and rich heritage of the national parks in Oregon and Washington. Places like Mount Rainier and Crater Lake capture our imagination, while sites like the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and the recently designated Manhattan Project National Historical Park remind us of our storied past. The variety of landscapes, both natural and cultural, and the proximity of parks to urban centers contribute to the unique character of the Cascadian region.
The staff of the Northwest Regional Office work on a range of critical park protection issues. Whether seeking the restoration of grizzly bears to the North Cascades, the protection of natural soundscapes in Olympic’s Hoh Rain Forest, or the preservation of wilderness at Crater Lake, the team’s campaigns succeed by partnering with new voices, building ties in local communities, and pushing for the advancement of the national park idea.
The Northwest staff also contribute to NPCA’s broader efforts to secure adequate funding for our national parks, to deepen our relationships with veteran service organizations by engaging this audience in recreation, service and advocacy, and broadening and strengthening support for our parks by engaging young adults in our Northwest Student Leadership Council. Buoyed by the establishment of Washington’s newest national park, Manhattan Project at Richland, they push for more inclusive storytelling in our parks and fight to get younger and more diverse audiences into the parks to broaden the base of national park supporters for years to come.
It’s an exciting time in the Northwest, and we hope you’ll join our efforts to preserve and enhance our park system for present and future generations
Beauty and Depth
Measuring nearly 2,000 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest body of fresh water in the U.S. and the ninth-deepest lake in the world.
More about the Northwest region
Read more about Support Grizzly Bear Recovery in the North Cascades
NPCA at Work Support Grizzly Bear Recovery in the North Cascades Help the threatened grizzly bear thrive again in its native Pacific Northwest home.
Read more about Keep Crater Lake Wild
NPCA at Work Keep Crater Lake Wild A wilderness designation will preserve Crater Lake, its wildlife and its outdoor recreation opportunities forever. It's time to give this iconic park the protection it deserves.
Read more about Save the Wild Natural Sounds of the Olympic Peninsula
NPCA at Work Save the Wild Natural Sounds of the Olympic Peninsula The Hear Our Olympics campaign seeks to protect the natural sounds of Olympic National Park, an ancient refuge from noise pollution in the Northwest.
Read more about Noisy Helicopter Training and National Parks Don't Mix
NPCA at Work Noisy Helicopter Training and National Parks Don't Mix Noisy helicopters and landing zones do not belong next door to our national parks, especially one with grizzly habitat and treasured wilderness. The Army has alternatives for training--and they use them now--but there is only one North Cascades National Park.
I need to experience new open spaces, viewscapes, wildlife, cultural treasures, geology and ecosystems every few months to "re-charge my batteries" and I want future generations to be able to as well. — Ellen
Read more about Northwest Student Leadership Council
Resource Northwest Student Leadership Council The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is excited to invite you to join the Northwest Student Leadership Council. The Northwest office of NPCA works in the community with partners, schools and business organizations in support of the 20 National Park units across Washington and Oregon. We have met many excited, talented student leaders who we would like to engage in fulfilling our mission to protect our national treasures for present and future generations.
Read more about British Columbia Reclaims Mining Rights For Upper Skagit Watershed
Press Release British Columbia Reclaims Mining Rights For Upper Skagit Watershed Decision will protect important waterways within North Cascades National Park and beyond
Read more about Northwest Regional Office Field Reports
Report Northwest Regional Office Field Reports These field reports provide timely updates and perspectives on issues of interest to our members and supporters in Oregon and Washington.
Read more about Hiking with Spoons
The Secret Lives of Parks Hiking with Spoons An advocate in the Pacific Northwest turned a frustrating hike into a mission to make parks more welcoming for the millions of people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
Read more about Ancient Forests of the Olympic Peninsula
Land Based Trip Ancient Forests of the Olympic Peninsula Olympic National Park is where natural wonders, complex ecosystems and rich indigenous history come together to create a truly magnificent experience. NPCA experts and key local guides will show you a lesser-known side of the park as we explore pristine beaches, crystal-blue lakes and ancient rainforests.
Read more about Your Mileage May Vary: 9 Parks to Explore Without a Car
Blog Post Your Mileage May Vary: 9 Parks to Explore Without a Car Spend time off the beaten path — literally. These 9 national park sites offer slower, quieter, human-paced alternatives to automobile-powered excursions.
Read more about Haunted Parks: 6 Ghostly Getaways
Blog Post Haunted Parks: 6 Ghostly Getaways Ghost stories might scare your campfire circle. They can also offer hyperlocal histories for travel destinations around the country. Learn about a few spectral park visitors — if you dare — including kidnapped sailors and a skinny-dipping conservationist.
Read more about Environment groups warn air tour plans threaten Washington national parks
Press Release Environment groups warn air tour plans threaten Washington national parks Allowing and expanding low-flying air tours throughout Olympic and Mount Rainier national parks would disturb parks’ natural quiet
Read more about A Chilly Refuge
Magazine Article A Chilly Refuge Rock glaciers, long neglected by science, may help creatures from pikas to stoneflies endure climate change.
Read more about New Report Details Biden Administration’s Commitment to Conservation
Press Release New Report Details Biden Administration’s Commitment to Conservation Protecting vulnerable landscapes from climate change and biodiversity loss will help not only our parks, but the people who depend on them.
Read more about Park Talks
Regional Events Park Talks Join our NPCA community for virtual "Park Talks" to learn about our work and ways you can get involved.
Read more about Musical Mountaineering
Magazine Article Musical Mountaineering A tuneful duo spreads joy one alpine allegro and sunrise sonata at a time.
Read more about Grand Canyon and Santa Monica Mountains among beneficiaries of public lands act
Press Release Grand Canyon and Santa Monica Mountains among beneficiaries of public lands act The ambitious Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act will safeguard famous park sites while combatting climate change and addressing environmental justice priorities
Read more about New studies find Navy Growler jet noise around Olympic National Park harmful to humans and orcas
Press Release New studies find Navy Growler jet noise around Olympic National Park harmful to humans and orcas The first studies into Navy noise pollution finds jet noise exceeds safe levels for humans and is audible underwater at depths that affect ocean life
Read more about This Land Is Their Land
Blog Post This Land Is Their Land Honor Indigenous history at these 15 sites where visitors can learn about the extensive connections tribes have with today’s national parks.
Read more about Senior Communications Manager
Staff and Media Personnel Liam Kelly Liam is the communications manager for NPCA’s national energy program as well as the organization’s southwest, northwest and Pacific regions.
Read more about Northwest Student Leadership Council
Resource Northwest Student Leadership Council A core focus of the Northwest Regional Office is broadening and strengthening support for our parks, especially among younger folks.
Read more about Regional Director of Development
Staff Wally Long As the Regional Director of Development for Alaska, the Northwest, and the Northern Rockies regions, Wally connects National Parks Conservation Association's most generous supporters in these regions with our advocacy and activities to protect our national parks.
Read more about Growler Tracker
Resource Growler Tracker Have you heard the Growlers while visiting Olympic National Park? Let us know about it using our Growler Tracker tool.
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 Hear Our Olympics
Video Hear Our Olympics Come explore the incredible soundscape of Olympic National Park in our new short film.
Read more about 10 Ways to Be a Park Advocate
Resource 10 Ways to Be a Park Advocate Want to be an advocate for parks, but don't know where to start?
Read more about Time for the Grizzly?
Video Time for the Grizzly? Now is the time to restore the North Cascades grizzly bear! The North Cascades Ecosystem is the only remaining grizzly bear population on the West Coast of the contiguous United States. Although grizzlies have lived in the North Cascades for thousands of years, biologists estimate that fewer than 10 remain today, making it the most at-risk bear population in North America.
Read more about Senior Program Manager, Northwest Region
Staff Colin Deverell Colin is the Senior Program Manager of the Northwest Regional Office in Seattle, Washington.
Read more about Wanted: Grizzly Bears?
Video Wanted: Grizzly Bears? NPCA is a proud sponsor of this public education video about the elusive North Cascades grizzly bear narrated by ecologist and filmmaker Chris Morgan.
Read more about Park on the Edge: Funding Shortfalls at Olympic National Park
Report Park on the Edge: Funding Shortfalls at Olympic National Park Olympic National Park, one of the most visited national parks in the country, currently receives only approximately 60% of the funds it needs to adequately serve visitors, maintain roads and trails, and protect internationally recognized natural resources.
Read more about Regional Director
Staff Rob Smith Rob serves as the Regional Director of NPCA's Northwest Regional Office in Seattle, Washington. Rob’s environmental work has included work on land and wildlife protection, climate change, and air quality through lobbying officials and organizing local support for conservation measures.
Read more about Program Manager, Northwest Region
Staff Graham Taylor Joining the Northwest Regional Office in the summer of 2015, Graham stays busy connecting people to parks in his role as Field Representative.
Read more about Director, Communications
Staff and Media Personnel Kati Schmidt Kati Schmidt is based in Oakland, CA, and leads media outreach and communications for the Pacific, Northwest, Northern Rockies, Alaska, and Southwest regions, along with NPCA's national wildlife initiatives.
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