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 in California and Nevada (like the mammoth-filled Tule Springs Fossil Beds), they also strive to enlarge existing parks like Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. They fight ill-advised energy developments near the fragile desert ecosystems of Mojave and Death Valley, and collaborate to protect the precious water resources at Kaloko-Honokohoa National Historical Park.
Through their diligent efforts, a new water trail was designated along a portion of the Colorado River within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 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.
Moving forward, they’ll continue to prioritize their wildlife and natural resource work while also branching out to further their engagement of urban populations near Las Vegas and Los Angeles. There are uphill battles on the horizon, but we hope you’ll take a stand with the Pacific office to protect these amazing parks for today and for all of the tomorrows.
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
More about the Pacific region
Blog Post Where to Touch a Dinosaur, and Other Incredible National Park Fossil Sites Cool creatures from the past and where to see them
Blog Post Remembering a Historic Siege in a Rugged Volcanic Landscape NPCA’s traveling park lover ventures into the northern California desert to Lava Beds National Monument and discovers a history of Indian wars and a picturesque landscape of lava tubes far off the beaten path
Blog Post Photographing the World's Rarest Fish One researcher gives us a glimpse behind his underwater camera
Press Release Photo Exhibit at U.S. Capitol Celebrates Nevada’s Public Lands Exhibit Organized by National Parks Conservation Association
They are important to our physical and mental well being. Having one to go to on occasion holds excitement and anticipation for the future. — Carolyn Foran
Blog Post ‘Home Means Nevada’ 16 photographs that capture the intrigue of the Silver State and its public lands
Blog Post Preserving More of Our History in Southern California and Beyond 3 ways the federal government can honor Hispanic Heritage Month by including irreplaceable cultural sites in the National Park System
Magazine Article Return to Manzanar As the number of Japanese-American incarceration camp survivors dwindles, a new generation strives to keep the story alive.
Magazine Article Against All Odds The epic story of one of the National Park Service’s greatest rescues.
Magazine Article Coyotes and the City Researchers in Los Angeles are tracking urban coyotes and collecting scat to find out how humans and these wild canids can live peaceably side by side.
Press Release San Bernardino County Scorches Country’s Most Harmful Solar Project In a majority vote, the San Bernardino County Supervisors rejected key permits for the industrial-sized Soda Mountain Solar proposal - considered one of the most controversial renewable energy projects in the country.
Trip Guam & Saipan (Pacific Islands Institute) Exploring World War II history across the islands of Guam and Saipan along with the deep cultural and natural history of these two islands.
Staff Shareeka Spooner Shareeka officially joined NPCA in June 2016 as the Senior Coordinator for the Pacific office. She manages and implements the administrative needs of the region’s staff and assists with specific program functions.
Talking Points FAQ: Golden Gate National Recreation Area Dog Accommodations and Rule The National Park Service has recognized that dog-related recreation in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is threatening the park’s natural resources and degrading the park experience for many user groups. GGNRA’s new zoning plan will replace an outdated, 1979 “pet policy” that was developed without considering scientific research and the diverse park uses.
Staff Laura Torres A lover of life and nature, Laura works to engage families and youth in urban communities to build a diverse base of leaders and advocates who support NPCA's local and national campaigns. This includes coordinating Find Your Voice efforts, Civic Voice Lessons and other outreach and engagement strategies.
Trip Seasons of Yosemite You’ll feel the long reach of history and see the grandeur of Muir’s beloved Sierras on informative hikes and interesting explorations that open new perspectives into this breathtaking park.
Trip Fa'a Samoa: The National Park of American Samoa A true off the beaten path paradise, with rugged volcanic mountains, dramatic shorelines, empty beaches, colorful coral reefs, dense tropical rainforests, and some of the most welcoming people who share their rich culture with you as you visit all three islands of this national park.
Trip Joshua Tree and Death Valley Explore the startling, sublime, surreal, and exquisite landscapes of Joshua Tree and Death Valley as you head deep into the heart of these two parks.
Trip National Parks of Hawaii Expert biologists, naturalists, and cultural interpreters will introduce you to six Hawaiian National Parks. Witness the diversity of the island landscape, hear from a volcanologist, and participate in an authentic Hawaiian family lu’au.
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.
Staff Lynn Davis Lynn Davis joined NPCA in April 2008 to open and manage a new, strategic field office in Nevada. As the Las Vegas Senior Program Manager, she works on behalf of the interests of several national parks in Nevada and throughout the American Southwest.
Staff Seth Shteir Seth joined NPCA’s California Desert Field Office as a Program Manager in 2014.
Staff Neal Desai Neal joined NPCA's Pacific office in 2004, and is now the Director of Field Operations for this region.
Staff David Lamfrom David, the Director of the California Desert and National Wildlife programs, uses his passion and knowledge of our natural, cultural and historical resources to inspire others to learn about and protect our national parks.
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.
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.
Talking Points Community Support for Rim of the Valley Community Comments on National Park Service, Rim of the Valley Study, April 2015
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.
Letter Opposition to Soda Mountain Solar Proposal Collection of letters demonstrating opposition to Soda Mountain Solar
Letter Comments on the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan National Parks Conservation Association’s comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan
Report Comments on California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act Comments on the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act
Fact Sheet Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Establishing the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument will help scientists, students, and the public learn more about the fascinating history hidden under these desert lands, and preserves this landscape for generations to come.
Letter Comments on Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Comments on Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan
Bill Text San Gabriel National Recreation Area Act San Gabriel National Recreation Area Act 2014
Bill Text Proposed Amendment to Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Proposed amendment to Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument
Explore Our Parks
- Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail ›
- Cabrillo National Monument ›
- California National Historic Trail ›
- Castle Mountains National Monument ›
- César E. Chávez National Monument ›
- Channel Islands National Park ›
- Death Valley National Park ›
- Devils Postpile National Monument ›
- Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site ›
- Fort Point National Historic Site ›
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area ›
- Great Basin National Park ›
- Haleakala National Park ›
- Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park ›
- Honouliuli National Monument ›
- John Muir National Historic Site ›
- Joshua Tree National Park ›
- Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail ›
- Kalaupapa National Historical Park ›
- Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park ›
- Kings Canyon National Park ›
- Lake Mead National Recreation Area ›
- Lassen Volcanic National Park ›
- Lava Beds National Monument ›
- Manzanar National Historic Site ›
- Mojave National Preserve ›
- Muir Woods National Monument ›
- National Park of American Samoa ›
- Pinnacles National Park ›
- Point Reyes National Seashore ›
- Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial ›
- Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park ›
- Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site ›
- Redwood National & State Parks ›
- Rosie The Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park ›
- San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park ›
- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area ›
- Sequoia National Park ›
- Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument ›
- War In The Pacific National Historical Park ›
- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area ›
- World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (USS Arizona) ›
- Yosemite National Park ›