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 Don’t Drain Our Desert Water
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Read more about California's National Parks: Struggling for Clean Air
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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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America's best idea is my idea of preserving the best of America for all generations. — Gary
Read more about Protect Mojave from the Soda Mountain Solar Project
NPCA at Work Protect Mojave from the Soda Mountain Solar Project Developers have proposed building the Soda Mountain Solar Project, an industrial-scale renewable energy facility, less than one mile from the boundary of Mojave National Preserve. It would be the closest renewable energy project to a national park site in the entire southwestern United States, in the middle of a critical pathway for desert bighorn sheep.
Read more about Two National Monuments Under Threat in the California Desert
NPCA at Work Two National Monuments Under Threat in the California Desert Last year, President Obama protected some of our country’s most spectacular and unique desert lands by designating three national new national monuments. Now, the Department of the Interior could attempt to alter or revoke federal protections for two of these important places.
Read more about Se presenta al Congreso un proyecto de ley para crear el Parque Nacional César Chávez y el Movimiento de Trabajadores Agrícolas
Press Release Se presenta al Congreso un proyecto de ley para crear el Parque Nacional César Chávez y el Movimiento de Trabajadores Agrícolas El proyecto de ley ampliaría el Monumento Nacional César E. Chávez existente, creando un nuevo parque con múltiples sitios en California y Arizona
Read more about Cesar E. Chavez and Farmworker Movement National Park Bill Introduced to Congress
Press Release Cesar E. Chavez and Farmworker Movement National Park Bill Introduced to Congress Bill would expand existing Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, creating new park with multiple sites across California and Arizona
Read more about Troubled Waters
Magazine Article Troubled Waters For decades, biologists and anglers stocked national parks with nonnative trout. What will it take to undo the ecological damage?
Read more about The Enemy Within
Magazine Article The Enemy Within For two centuries, feral goats plagued what is now Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. In the end, controlling them required hunting, fencing and a bit of ungulate espionage.
Read more about A Retirement for the Ages
Magazine Article A Retirement for the Ages Ranger Betty Reid Soskin clocks out at 100 years old.
Read more about The Country’s Largest Desert Is Not Where You Think — and It’s Cold
Blog Post The Country’s Largest Desert Is Not Where You Think — and It’s Cold The U.S. is home to four major desert systems, and the largest encompasses a national park of the same name. But they might not be where you expect.
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.
Read more about See a Sky Full of Stars at These Certified Dark-Sky Parks
Blog Post See a Sky Full of Stars at These Certified Dark-Sky Parks Lay out a blanket after the sun goes down and see a clearer view of the galaxy at these designated dark-sky parks.
Read more about Federal court sends flawed San Joaquin Valley air pollution plan back to EPA
Press Release Federal court sends flawed San Joaquin Valley air pollution plan back to EPA Appeals court found California state's plan, approved by EPA, did not contain a realistic strategy to reduce pollution
Read more about Confronting America's Dark Past
Blog Post Confronting America's Dark Past 80 years ago, the federal government imprisoned innocent civilians for their Japanese ancestry. Today, survivors and their descendants fight to preserve the sites where these injustices took place — and to not let history repeat itself.
Read more about Parks Group Welcomes Bill To Create Avi Kwa Ame National Monument in Mojave Desert
Press Release Parks Group Welcomes Bill To Create Avi Kwa Ame National Monument in Mojave Desert Bill introduced in Congress would protect nearly 450,000 acres in Nevada that are sacred to tribes and provide important habitat for native wildlife
Read more about Fa‘a Samoa: The National Park of American Samoa
Land Based Trip Fa‘a Samoa: The National Park of American Samoa Immerse yourself in the community and culture of American Samoa with a rare opportunity to visit all three of the islands where the breathtaking National Park of American Samoa is located. You’ll spend eight days sampling local food, visiting tropical rainforests and hidden beaches, canoeing and snorkeling above vibrant reefs and discovering NPCA’s role in preserving the park’s diverse ecosystem and cultural sites.
Read more about The National Parks of Hawai‘i
Land Based Trip The National Parks of Hawai‘i Experience the unparalleled cultural and natural beauty within all seven of Hawai'i’s national parks by joining expert biologists, naturalists and cultural interpreters as you journey through four Hawaiian Islands. NPCA experts and local guides will lead you on tours through the most awe-inspiring sites on the islands, including two active volcanoes, lava caves, native rainforests and the tallest sea cliffs in the world. Witness the sacred grounds and endangered species that NPCA is dedicated to saving.
Read more about Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park Cruise
Small Ship Cruise Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park Cruise Embark on an unprecedented five-day expedition into wildness and wellness in the remote and remarkable Channel Islands as you learn about NPCA’s important role in the park’s history. Known as North America’s Galápagos, the Channel Islands and their surrounding waters provide habitat for more than 2,000 species of plants and animals, including 150 native species found nowhere else in the world. You’ll explore unmarred landscapes and revel in pure nature.
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 Working to Significantly Reduce Waste at National Parks
Resource Working to Significantly Reduce Waste at National Parks We're working to keep our parks cleaner for all of us and you can help!
Read more about Senior 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 LA Young Leaders Council
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.
Read more about Outreach Manager
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.
Read more about Laws Waived for Border Wall Construction
Resource Laws Waived for Border Wall Construction The Department of Homeland Security is waiving the following laws to build proposed sections of border wall in Arizona and California near national park lands.
Read more about Ozone Fact Sheet
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Read more about 10 Ways to Be a Park Advocate
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Read more about Regional Director of Development
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.
Read more about Sierra Nevada Program Manager
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.
Read more about Find Your Voice: Mojave National Preserve
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Read more about Senior Coordinator
Staff Nicole Spooner Nicole 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.
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Read more about Southern California Director
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.
Read more about Senior Director of Field Operations
Staff Neal Desai Neal joined NPCA's Pacific office in 2004, and is now the Senior Director of Field Operations for this region.
Read more about Senior Regional Director
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.
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 Community Support for Rim of the Valley
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Read more about Opposition to Soda Mountain Solar Proposal
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