The parks of the Pacific region, from Yosemite’s austere Half Dome to Sequoia’s eponymous trees, speak to our adventurous spirit. We dream of visiting the lowest point in North America (Badwater Basin) and climbing the highest peak in the contiguous U.S. (Mt. Whitney). Hawaii’s tropical parks top our bucket lists, and we aspire to learn more about our country’s varied history at sites such as Manzanar National Historic Site. Based in Oakland, California, NPCA’s Pacific Regional Office—and its four field offices—focuses on raising the protections and profiles of the exceptional parks of American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, and Nevada.
The dedicated staff of the Pacific region champion a diversity of park campaigns. Pushing to establish new national monuments that tell more of the American story (like the 2012 designation of California’s Cesar E. Chavez National Monument), they also strive to enlarge existing parks like Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. They fight ill-advised energy developments near fragile desert ecosystems and collaborate to protect the precious water resources at Kaloko-Honokohoa National Historical Park.
Through their diligent efforts, the first marine wilderness in the continental United States was defended at Drakes Estero in Point Reyes National Seashore and wildlife migratory routes were protected from a proposed industrial-scale solar project in the scenic Silurian Valley. Recently, they celebrated the passage of a new desert protection law in the California state legislature that furthers their two-decade campaign to protect the Mojave Desert from a water-mining project.
These field reports provide timely updates and perspectives on issues of interest to our members and supporters in California, Nevada, Hawai'i, Guam and American Samoa.See more ›
Moving forward, they’ll continue to prioritize the protection of wildlife, natural resources and cultural heritage in their region. They’ll also expand their efforts to engage urban populations in the greater Los Angeles area and environmental justice communities throughout California’s San Joaquin Valley. There are uphill battles on the horizon, but we hope you’ll take a stand with the Pacific office to protect these amazing landscapes forever.
Badwater Basin is a truly superlative location. At 282 feet below sea level, it is both the lowest and driest point in North America, and its record-setting temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit makes it the hottest place on Earth. The massive salt flat covers nearly 200 square miles of Death Valley National Park, and lies more than two miles below the 11,331-foot Telescope Peak that looms above it.
Field Offices in the Pacific Region
- 61325 29 Palms Highway, Suite D Joshua Tree, CA 92252
- 4570 Orinda Way Sacramento, CA 95820
- 767 N. Hill Street, Unit 302 Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Read more about Protect Eagle Mountain from Dangerous Development Proposals
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Read more about Support the Proposed Rim of the Valley Expansion
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National Parks preserve our best, most magical places. Visit one and your heart rate slows, your stress-rate drops and you make memories to last a lifetime. Lets preserve our National Parks and make more of them! — Michelle
Read more about Protect Mojave from the Soda Mountain Solar Project
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Read more about Two National Monuments Under Threat in the California Desert
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Read more about Director of Development
Staff Alana Weinroth Alana joins with a decade in successful fundraising, communications, and event management on both the national and local level. Prior to joining the team at NPCA, Alana served as Director of Development and Communications at Covenant House California, where she helped create strategic plans to grow and expand the organization, build a dynamic team, and create meaningful, lasting donor relationships.
Read more about Major Gifts Officer
Staff Jarrod Fasching Jarrod brings more than a decade of fundraising and philanthropy experience to serve the incredible donors and partners who support NPCA. Having spent years supporting arts education and higher-education institutions, he is thrilled to bring his abilities to advocate for and protect his greatest passion, the national parks and the natural world.
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Magazine Article Killer on the Road Cars helped make national parks America’s most beloved landscapes — and wreaked havoc on wildlife. What will it take to repair the damage?
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Read more about National Parks Are in Climate Distress. This Law is One Step Toward a Solution.
Blog Post National Parks Are in Climate Distress. This Law is One Step Toward a Solution. A year after its passage, 2022’s Inflation Reduction Act remains a historic climate investment in national parks. It can’t be the only one.
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Staff and Media Personnel Caitlyn Burford Caitlyn Burford joined NPCA in 2023 as a communications manager representing the Northwest, Southwest, and Pacific regions, along with NPCA’s work on national energy policy.
Read more about Latinos Are Critical to the Environmental Movement
Blog Post Latinos Are Critical to the Environmental Movement Latino Conservation Week highlights the contributions of Latinos in caring for the environment, while encouraging the community’s culture of stewardship. Here’s how NPCA supports Latino engagement every day.
Read more about Fa‘a Samoa: The National Park of American Samoa
Land Based Trip Fa‘a Samoa: The National Park of American Samoa Welcome to the National Park of American Samoa, the only U.S. national park south of the equator. On this tour, you have the rare opportunity to visit all of the islands that comprise this national park — Tutuila, Aunu‘u and the Manu‘a Islands. You will be spending time with the community and learning about the customs of the islands, while also visiting paleotropic rainforests and seeing flora and fauna found in no other national park. During this unforgettable NPCA small group tour, you’ll feel the warm welcome of Samoan culture as a guest in an immersive experience of community, culture and conservation.
Read more about California’s Desert Landscape: Joshua Tree & Death Valley
Land Based Trip California’s Desert Landscape: Joshua Tree & Death Valley Explore the best of Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks alongside NPCA experts and partners on this exciting journey through the Mojave Desert. Visit three large desert parks that NPCA helped to establish — Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave National Preserve, and Avi Kwa Ame National Monument — and get a behind-the-scenes look at how NPCA works with local partners to protect these valuable places.
Read more about Coastal Parks Offer Climate Solutions
Blog Post Coastal Parks Offer Climate Solutions NPCA is working to ensure coastal national parks are part of the climate solution. The more we protect national park waters from climate impacts now, the more they will protect us and our parks for generations to come.
Read more about Pacific Regional Office Field Reports
Report Pacific Regional Office Field Reports These field reports provide timely updates and perspectives on issues of interest to our members and supporters in California, Nevada, Hawai'i, Guam and American Samoa.
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Read more about Regional Haze Pollution in EPA Region 9
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Read more about 8 National Park Gardens to Delight the Senses
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Read more about Victory: President Biden Establishes Avi Kwa Ame National Monument in Nevada
Press Release Victory: President Biden Establishes Avi Kwa Ame National Monument in Nevada "Establishment of Avi Kwa Ame National Monument is a testimony to protecting and preserving lands with not just our children and grandchildren in mind but for generations to come." - Theresa Pierno, NPCA's President and CEO
Read more about Celebrating Places and Stories Within Nature: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Blog Post Celebrating Places and Stories Within Nature: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area The third video in a new series showcases community activist Araceli Hernandez and her work to increase access to outdoor spaces in her community.
Read more about Making Things Whole
Podcast Episode Making Things Whole Soon, decades of work by the Chumash people could lead to the country’s first Tribally nominated national marine sanctuary near Channel Islands National Park.
Read more about Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park
Small Ship Cruise Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park Embark on an unprecedented five-day expedition into wildness and wellness in the remote and remarkable Channel Islands. Step aboard in Los Angeles and sail to three of the five wildlife-rich islands that make up Channel Islands National Park, plus Catalina Island. Dayboats can take you to a single island to hike or camp, but a true in-depth exploration of the Channel Islands on our nimble ship (with comfortable cabins) is a unique offering and the only way to take in the full natural splendor of this extraordinary national park.
Read more about Park Talks
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Read more about Working to Significantly Reduce Waste at National Parks
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Resource LA Young Leaders Council As part of NPCA’s strategic effort to expand our core of young advocates and volunteer base, NPCA’s LA field staff created the LA Young Leaders Council (YLC) to engage young people from urban areas, underserved neighborhoods, immigrant communities and communities of color.
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Staff Sally Garcia As our Los Angeles Outreach Manager, Sally will connect underrepresented communities to our public lands and building a cadre of national park advocates reflective of Los Angeles’s, and the nation’s, diverse and changing demographics.
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Staff Mark Rose As Program Manager for the Pacific Region’s Sierra Nevada office, Mark provides support for NPCA’s conservation efforts in Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks, as well as in the surrounding Central Valley and Sierra Foothill Communities.
Read more about Ruth Hammett Associate Director, California Desert Program
Staff Chris Clarke Chris joined NPCA in 2017. He works with desert communities to protect national parks, monuments, and other protected places, and the landscapes that surround them.
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Staff Dennis Arguelles Dennis, Los Angeles Program Manager, works on park protection and expansion efforts as well as engaging diverse and underserved communities not traditionally connected to the national parks.
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Staff Neal Desai Neal joined NPCA's Pacific office in 2004, and is now the Senior Program Director for this region.
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Staff Ron Sundergill Ron joined NPCA in 2005. He is the Senior Regional Director for the Pacific office, overseeing the work of the regional office and its four field offices.
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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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