The parks of the Southeast abound with superlatives. Here you can find the world's longest cave system (Mammoth Cave National Park) and the most visited national park in the country (Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Touring the parks will expose you to Southern Appalachia, one of the most biodiverse regions of the world, while also introducing you to this continent's tragic and triumphant history from Native American heritage, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Civil Rights movement, and beyond. In a landscape long settled by people, NPCA's Southeast team works to protect the amazing resources of this region's national parks while striving to connect this area's stories and landscapes.

The Southeast staff have won significant, long-fought victories – advocating for 7 years to remove a large Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) from the Buffalo National River’s watershed; working for 6 years, across four congresses, to pass legislation to expand and re-designate the Ocmulgee National Monument as the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, and fighting for over a decade for a settlement agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority, resulting in the largest cleanup and retirement of coal-fired power plant units in U.S. history. Read NPCA’s Southeast History Of Impact (PDF).


Southeast Regional Office Field Reports

These field reports provide timely updates and perspectives on issues of interest to our members and supporters in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

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Building on these successes, current priorities include protecting Cumberland Island National Seashore from a commercial spaceport; exploring sea level rise impacts on our coastal parks and barrier islands; organizing dozens of stakeholders across two states to research and build wildlife connectivity solutions – Safe Passage – to reduce animal-vehicle collisions in the I-40 Pigeon River Gorge corridor adjacent to the Smokies; establishing the Alabama Black Belt National Heritage Area in 19 counties across the state that contain an abundance of natural resources, historical sites, cultural diversity and recreational activities valued by residents and sought by visitors.

Join the Southeast in this rewarding work to protect this region’s unique parks.

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Parks and Climate Change

Harsher storms and sea level rise have brought flooding to coastal parks and preserves. NPCA works to bring emergency funding to restore historic and cultural resources and visitor services and advocate for long term adaptation and mitigation solutions. (Photo of Fort Pulaski after Hurricane Irma by NPS)

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Field Offices in the Southeast Region

  • Asheville Field Office

    • Address:
      775 Haywood Dr., Suite A, Asheville, North Carolina 28806

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