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.


Coalition Files Amicus Curiae Brief Regarding Proposed Dominion Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton Transmission Line Project

The Coalition recently submitted an amicus brief and associated motion against the Proposed Dominion Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton Transmission Line Project. Click “Read More” to read the full brief and motion.

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Law Review Article: The National Park Service at 100

As the National Park Service enters its second century, it faces many of the same challenges as other federal agencies. The two primary challenges facing the National Park Service as it moves forward are ensuring sufficient funding for the national park system from Congress and other revenue sources and keeping the national parks relevant to succeeding generations of Americans. Click “Read More” to read the full law review article from Coalition Executive Council member Donald J. Hellmann.

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Op-Ed: National Parks Should Be Considered Before Oil and Gas Leasing

Public lands surrounding many southwestern national parks are under pressure to be leased for oil and gas development. Most recently the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed leasing lands adjacent to Dinosaur National Monument, in direct view of the park entrance road and main visitor center, raising concerns about impacts to the park. Click “Read More” to see the op-ed written by Coalition member Fred Fagergren.

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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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