March 6, 2016 David Hallac, Superintendent Cape Hatteras National Seashore 1401 National Park Drive Manteo, NC 27954 Subject: Environmental Assessment for Consideration of Changes to Final Rule for Off-Road Vehicle Management Dear Superintendent Hallac: I am writing to you on behalf of over 1,100 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition). Our membership is composed entirely of retired, former, or current
Release Date: March 3, 2016 PARK INSTITUTE OF AMERICA TO INSPIRE STEWARDSHIP FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks is announcing the establishment of a Park Institute of America. The institute is a collaboration with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and will be located on Duke’s campus in Durham, North Carolina. The goal of the Institute is to
February 12, 2016 Tamara Whittington, Superintendent Big Cypress National Preserve 33100 Tamiami Trail East Ochopee, Florida 34141-1000 Subject: Backcountry Access Plan/Wilderness Study Newsletter Dear Superintendent Whittington: I am writing to you on behalf of over 1,100 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition). Our membership is composed entirely of retired, former, or current salaried employees of the National Park Service (NPS).
The Coalition has joined forces with conservation and historic preservation groups to support legislation in the Virginia House of Delegates that would better protect historic resources by strengthening the State’s requirements related to approval of new high voltage transmission lines.
I am writing to you on behalf of over 1,000 members of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR), who collectively represent more than 30,000 years of national park management experience. CNPSR studies, educates, speaks, and acts for the preservation of America’s National Park System. We engage primarily in issues that have system-wide implications, including proposed laws, national policies and regulations, and issues at the park level where outcomes may set precedent or long-term direction. The purpose of this letter is to comment on the National Park Service (NPS) proposal to amend its regulations for sport hunting and trapping in national preserves in Alaska.
CNPSR views the current planning process as an important opportunity for the NPS to finally and effectively resolve several longstanding and problematic issues at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, specifically the need for an improved visitor center and a much needed facility to store the park’s museum collection.
National Park Service-related provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 15 National Park Service Centennial National Park Service 100th Anniversary Coins Authorizes U.S. Mint to issue $5 gold, $1 silver, and half-dollar clad coins in 2016 to commemorate the Centennial of the National Park Service. Directs proceeds to the National Park Foundation for use in funding park projects and programs. Is one
A final settlement has been reached in the longstanding fight over Drakes Bay Estero. CNPSR, along with many other conservation groups, was a strong advocate for Wilderness and the Seashore and countered much of the negative publicity and distortions in the media regarding the controversy.
Since 2001 more than half the growth in ONPS ($453 million) has come from other NPS appropriations. The biggest losers have been land acquisition (-$117 million) and construction (-$260 million), but all other appropriations have declined. As a result ONPS is now 87% of the appropriations total, in 2001 it was 64%. (Historical note, in 1981 it was 51% of the total.)
On behalf of the millions of Americans represented by our organizations, we write to strongly oppose H.R. 399, the “Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015,” in particular Section 3, “Operational Control of the Border,” and Section 13, “Prohibition on Actions that Impede Border Security on Certain Federal Land.” Under the guise of enhancing border security, Section 3 would further militarize natural areas and communities already glutted with border walls, roads and towers; Section 13 would undermine fundamental environmental and conservation laws and would allow further damage to the fragile border environment and the people and communities dependent upon it.