Report Nov 13, 2019

Southwest Regional Office Field Reports

NPCA’s Southwest Regional Office prepares a field report twice a year that focuses on the parks and people of this special part of the country. We also highlight some of the very complex and challenging threats our parks face.

In the Fall 2019 Southwest Region Field Report (pdf, 728 KB) we highlight:

  • Pave it and They Will Come chronicling the recent controversial chip-sealing of the Burr Trail on the doorstep of Capitol Reef National Park (and NPCA’s response to the botched BLM approval process).
  • 100 Years of Park Protection marking NPCA’s centennial and keystone recent victories in the Southwest.
  • New Leadership in the Southwest and Southwest Regional Staffer profiling our new (but not to NPCA!) Southwest Regional Director, Ernie Atencio, and recent addition to our team, Emily Wolf as New Mexico Program and Administrative Coordinator.
  • New Border Wall Through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Threatens a Desert Oasis describing the imminent threats to an important ecological and cultural landscape in southern Arizona.
  • Organizing to Save Southeast Utah introducing readers to our southeast Utah energy organizer and the campaign to create a diverse coalition committed to preserving the connected cultural landscape of the Four Corners.
  • Saving a Sacred Cultural Landscape sharing good legislative news about the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act aimed at protecting the greater Chaco landscape from rampant oil and gas development.
  • Clearing the Air unveiling our Polluted Parks report and sharing plans for upcoming opportunities to advocate for cleaner air in Utah and Colorado.
  • In Her Own Words: An Advocate Story in which a young park advocate reflects on her journey with NPCA and articulates a growing commitment to advocacy.
  • Ambitious Federal Legislation Protects More Public Lands in the Southwest detailing provisions of the John Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act that passed this spring and brings good things for parks and protected areas across the country.
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award Presented to New Mexico Tribes announcing NPCA’s recognition of the All Pueblo Council of Governors’ leadership protecting the greater Chaco landscape.

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