Issues

Advocating for the protection of our national parks and programs is at the heart of the Coalition’s work. We provide knowledgeable and comprehensive analysis of the issues facing the park system through issue papers, comments, editorials and face-to-face meetings. Our most recent efforts are listed below.


Over 350 Coalition Members Sign On & Express Disappointment in Zinke’s Monument Review

This fall, over 350 former employees of the National Park Service joined the Coalition’s sign-on letter expressing extreme disappointment with the results of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recent review of national monuments.  The recommendations from Zinke – which included downsizing several monuments – came at the conclusion of an unprecedented 4-month review of over two-dozen monuments designated since 1996, which was initiated by an April Executive Order from President Trump. Efforts by the Trump Administration to remove protections from national monuments or significantly downsize them would be unprecedented and are likely to be met with a quagmire of legal challenges. Click “Read More” to read the letter sent to Secretary Ryan Zinke.

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Coalition Statement on NPS Work Environment Survey

In response to the NPS Work Environment Survey, the Coalition released a statement expressing our concern on the results and our cautious optimism of the first steps that have been taken to address the far reaching harassment issues in the service. The NPS’s future success depends on taking comprehensive and effective steps to make cultural changes in the workplace. The first steps that have been taken are positive, but it must be a long-term and continuous strategy to make an impact.

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Coalition Statement on Congressman Bishop’s Bill to Weaken the Antiquities Act

House Natural Resource Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) has introduced legislation that would dismantle key provisions of the Antiquities Act, which has been used by Republican and Democratic presidents alike to protect some of America’s most iconic and beloved parks and public lands. Click “Read More” to see our statement opposing the bill.

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NPS Centennial Biographies

Robert G. (Bob) Stanton

During his nearly 40 years of experience with the National Park Service (NPS), Bob Stanton served as a seasonal park ranger, management assistant, park superintendent, deputy regional director, regional director, associate director, and director, giving him a perspective and depth of experience matched by few others.

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Richard (Rick) Cook, 1950-2016

“Hey, it’s West, By God, Virginia” was a phrase more frequently heard from Rick, whether he was recalling his “earlier days” as an ambulance chasing hearse driver, working in the Governor’s Mansion, or writing papers for the U.S. Dept. of State to provide an intellectual base for world wide heritage conservation decisions in a United Nations forum.

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Maureen Finnerty

In her more than thirty year career, Maureen Finnerty was a ground-breaking and widely respected leader whom the National Park Service (NPS) relied upon for advice and counsel on numerous critical issues and functions. A woman consistently ahead of her time, she was the first woman to serve in several NPS positions.

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Hugh C. Miller

Hugh C. Miller. FAIA, FAPT, a 28-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS) served as the service’s second chief historical architect between 1979 and 1988. During that tenure, he was executive architect for the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and principal steward of the many nationally-significant historic buildings and landscapes in the service’s care.

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Rick Smith

Rick Smith started his NPS career in 1959 as a seasonal ranger in Yellowstone National Park (NP) and continued in that role for the next nine summers while he finished his undergraduate work, taught junior high school English and completed a master’s degree in English literature at Michigan State University.

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Christine L. Shaver

“To say that I love national parks and wilderness areas would be an understatement…I dedicated my entire career, from my early days at law school to my former post as head of the National Park Service’s Air Resources Division, to the protection and defense of our national parks and wild places, specifically against the threat of air pollution.” Thus wrote Chris Shaver a few months ago in an op-ed published in The Coloradoan advocating for tougher regulations to protect park air quality.

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