National Parks Conservation Association

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The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving America’s national parks for present and future generations. NPCA works on Capitol Hill and on the ground in local communities hand-in-hand with National Park Service staff, community leaders, park advocates, and state and federal legislators to ensure our parks have the vital funding and protections they need to remain healthy and thrive. One of our founders, Stephen Mather, was also the first director of the National Park Service. From the National Park Service’s beginning in 1916, Mather and others saw a clear need for an independent voice outside of the federal government to protect America’s national parks. Since 1919, NPCA has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing the park system, safeguarding America’s natural, cultural, and historic heritage. NPCA and our more than 875,000 members and supporters are committed to preserving the most diverse park system in the world. We invite you to become part of the NPCA family. Together, we can protect our national parks for this generation and those that come after.

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Petitioning Barack Obama

VICTORY: President Obama designates Stonewall National Monument

On June 24, 2016, President Obama designated Stonewall National Monument, America’s first LGBT national park site.  Thank you to the more than 26,000 signers for supporting a #NatlParkforStonewall!   “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths—that all of us are created equal—is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall….” — President Obama, Second Inaugural Address, January 2013 Two-thirds of America’s more than 400 national park sites are dedicated to cultural and historic significance. These are places where people lived, ideas were born and history was made. Stonewall in New York City played a pivotal role in our nation’s continuing struggle for equal rights for all Americans.  And it deserves protection. We are calling for a national park for Stonewall, which would be the first dedicated to LGBT history. There’s a national park site in Seneca Falls that tells the story of the women’s rights movement.  And there’s a national park site in Selma that tells the story of the African-American rights movement.  It’s time to have a national park site that tells the story of the LGBT rights movement. There is no doubt that history was made in the summer of 1969 at Stonewall.  The stories behind those events deserve to be recounted and retold for decades to come—and by some of the best storytellers in the business: the National Park Service. Please encourage President Obama to use his executive authority and create a national park for Stonewall.

National Parks Conservation Association
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