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.
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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 Interior scraps plans to recover grizzly bears into North Cascades
Press Release Interior scraps plans to recover grizzly bears into North Cascades A purely political decision ignores science, Park Service recommendations, and overwhelming public support
Read more about 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.
Visiting the national parks brings us back to our center, as human beings sustained and nurtured by the Earth. As civilization tends to specialize itself, we forget that we are dependent upon our environment. Visiting these pristine, natural surroundings recalls us to the need to nurture and revitalize the Earth that gives us life. — Kathryn
Read more about Senior Program Coordinator
Staff Joshua Jenkins Joshua Jenkins joined the Northwest Regional Office in October 2019 as Senior Program Coordinator. Before joining NPCA, Joshua attended the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance where he focused his studies on food and environmental policy.
Read more about Trump Administration Signals To Reopen National Parks While Health Concerns Remain
Press Release Trump Administration Signals To Reopen National Parks While Health Concerns Remain "Until it is completely safe to reopen, national parks must remain closed for the safety of park staff, visitors and communities." -- Theresa Pierno
Read more about Amid Public Health Threat, Park Superintendents Given Authority to Close Areas Within National Parks
Press Release Amid Public Health Threat, Park Superintendents Given Authority to Close Areas Within National Parks These are unprecedented times, and we need to make sure park staff and visitor's health comes first.
Read more about House Approves 1.3 Million Acres of Wilderness, Adds Over 1,000 Miles into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System
Press Release House Approves 1.3 Million Acres of Wilderness, Adds Over 1,000 Miles into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System Lands package includes an expansion to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, over 600,000 acres of new wilderness in Colorado and expanded waterway and wilderness protections near Olympic National Park
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 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 Urban Stargazing: See More of the Universe at Night
Blog Post Urban Stargazing: See More of the Universe at Night Longer nights and clearer skies during winter make it an ideal season for stargazing, but most Americans live in light-polluted areas where the stars are difficult to see. Fortunately, some national parks feature darker skies near major urban areas.
Read more about An 'Elk National Park'?
Blog Post An 'Elk National Park'? More than a century ago, conservationists set out to protect a large swath of land to save a fast-disappearing herd of Roosevelt elk — and nearly named a national park after them.
Read more about 8 Holiday Adventures in National Parks
Blog Post 8 Holiday Adventures in National Parks These celebrations offer fun ways to get out and enjoy the season in a national park.
Read more about Interior Reopens Public Process to Restore North Cascades Grizzly Bears
Press Release Interior Reopens Public Process to Restore North Cascades Grizzly Bears Restoring grizzly bears populations is the last step in returning all major native carnivores to the North Cascades ecosystem -- an opportunity remaining in few places in the world.
Read more about Senators from 4 Border States Urge British Columbia to Clean Up Mining Operations that Threaten U.S. Waterways, Parks and Wildlife
Press Release Senators from 4 Border States Urge British Columbia to Clean Up Mining Operations that Threaten U.S. Waterways, Parks and Wildlife Eight senators urge British Columbia Premier to acknowledge the impacts of mining on U.S./Canadian rivers.
Read more about 8 Dog-Friendly National Park Sites
Blog Post 8 Dog-Friendly National Park Sites Vacation with your furry family member at one of these fun 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 Hiking Olympic National Park
Land Based Trip Hiking Olympic National Park Washington’s Olympic National Park is extraordinary. More than 95 percent of it is designated as the Olympic Wilderness, meaning it’s undisturbed by buildings or roads. On a trail in this International Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage site, you might find yourself with black bears, elk or mountain goats as your only companions.
Read more about Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands
Small Ship Cruise Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands Small Ship Journey: A wild world of natural wonder. Explore islands, hike in rainforests and up mountains in Olympic National Park, paddle in Puget Sound waterways and the San Juan Islands, and watch for birds, orca, and other marine life.
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.
Read more about Oregon Caves National Monument And Preserve
Fact Sheet Oregon Caves National Monument And Preserve The Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve expansion will add 4,070 additional acres of federal land to the existing monument to better protect the larger watershed and the cave system.
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