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.
Besides raising awareness of the importance of supporting and funding our national parks, the staff of the Northwest Regional Office works on a range of park-related issues. They fight for restoration of key species — such as the grizzly bear to North Cascades and the salmon to Olympic — and for increased protection of existing parks. Though the campaigns may be long, the victories are incredibly sweet. The Northwest office successfully advocated for the removal of two dams on the Elwha River, taking the first step to return salmon to Olympic National Park’s largest watershed. They also celebrated the expansion of Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve and the associated retirement of grazing rights that will improve land and water quality.
Looking ahead, the Northwest office will continue to dedicate time to its existing priorities while also embracing new opportunities to increase park protection, such as taking steps to preserve the natural soundscape of Olympic. Another goal will be deepening community ties and introducing a broader population to nearby national parks. 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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Our government has other priorities and national park funding has slowly eroded over the past several years. As concerned citizens we need to step up to the plate to ensure a continued functioning national park system that all can enjoy -- now and in the future. — Van
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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.
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