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 further in their efforts to engage urban populations near 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
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Staff and Media Personnel Matt Abele Matt joined NPCA in November 2018 as the West Coast Communications Manager. He currently manages media outreach and communications for the Pacific, Northwest, Northern Rockies, Alaska, and Southwest regions, along with NPCA's energy initiatives.
Trip Base Camp: Channel Islands This 5-day Wildness + Wellness adventure with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic takes you to the remote and remarkable Channel Islands. Board the National Geographic Venture, your floating base camp, in Los Angeles, and head for three of the five wildlife-rich islands which make up Channel Islands National Park, plus Catalina Island. Here, you'll actively explore unmarred landscapes, revel in pure nature, and rejuvenate mind, body, and soul with exhale's award-winning well-being programs.
Press Release Santa Monica Mountains Park Ranger Honored with Stephen T. Mather Award “I love that the national parks are acknowledging and working toward becoming more reflective and representative of our country's beautiful diversity -- which makes us stronger” -- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Ranger and Stephen T. Mather Award receipient Antonio Solorio.
Press Release Paving Paradise: Massive Development Proposal Advances at the Doorstep to Joshua Tree 5,000 acre housing development proposal threatens Joshua Tree National Park plant and wildlife, cultural sites and dark night skies
History is extremely important; especially since much of our history is no longer taught in the public school system. Along with that, many young kids come to our park from major cities. They have never seen much of the stuff that we (Park Rangers) take for granted, such as deer, squirrels, and large trees and flowers. It is extremely important to preserve and protect those things so future generations can have a place to come and learn and see first hand. — William
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.
Blog Post 10 Scenic National Park Drives These 10 parks offer incredible views of some of America's most beautiful places with plenty of opportunities to get out and explore along the way.
Press Release Clean Air Victory for San Joaquin Valley, Yosemite and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks Court order represents a major victory for clean air in the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding national parks including Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon.
Blog Post The Man Who Tackled El Capitan with His Bare Hands World-renowned athlete Alex Honnold, star of the new National Geographic film "Free Solo," talks with NPCA about his historic rope-free climb, his passion for Yosemite, his leave-no-trace ethic and his connection with the natural world.
Press Release Telling Our Stories: Assemblymember Bigelow Presents Resolution Recognizing the Contributions of Chinese Americans to Yosemite National Park California Assemblymember Frank Bigelow presented today the State Resolution ACR 262, recognizing the contributions of Chinese Americans to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada.
Blog Post Vacation with Ghosts in These 10 Deserted Park Towns Enjoy the spookiest time of year in one of the many abandoned towns that dot scenic national park landscapes around the country.
Press Release Fighting for Clean Air: Groups Sue EPA Over San Joaquin Valley Pollution NPCA and others are suing the EPA over its failure to enforce deadlines covering state air quality plans in the San Joaquin Valley and nearby Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Resource Working Toward Zero-Landfill Parks A unique partnership between Subaru of America Inc., NPCA, the National Park Service, park concessioners and surrounding communities is helping national parks reduce, reuse and recycle preventing tons of waste going to landfills.
Blog Post Following the Spirit of Tie Sing A group of seven men trekked for miles through smoky skies and sweltering heat to reach the top of a mountain honoring a man who influenced the history of our national parks — but who few people have ever heard of. Here’s why these committed park lovers want to make sure Tie Sing’s legacy is remembered.
Magazine Article Living Monuments Ian Shive traveled to the corners of the sea to document the watery wonders of the nation’s marine monuments.
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.
Resource 10 Ways to Be a Park Advocate Want to be an advocate for parks, but don't know where to start?
Staff Chris Boone Chris Boone serves as the Regional Director of Development for the Pacific and Southwest regions, and connects National Parks Conservation Association's most generous supporters in these regions with our advocacy and activities to protect our national parks.
Staff Mark Rose As Field Representative 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.
Staff Chris Clarke Chris joined NPCA in 2017. As California Desert program manager, he works with desert communities to protect national parks, monuments, and other protected places, and the landscapes that surround them.
Fact Sheet How to Host a Park Volunteer Event Hosting a park volunteer event is an empowering act that flexes your leadership skills, helps our parks and engages new people. Learn how with this step-by-step guide.
Video Find Your Voice: Mojave National Preserve In 2016, to celebrate the National Park Service centennial, 150 people experienced the wondrously dark night skies of Mojave National Preserve.
Trip Guam & Northern Mariana Islands (Pacific Islands Institute) NPCA Exclusive Trip: Beautiful islands dotting the Pacific played key roles during World War II. Explore Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Rota’s history, and meet locals with rich indigenous cultures.
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 Maimoana 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.
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 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
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
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 ›
- Haleakalā 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 ›