The purpose of this letter is to express our concern about the rider contained within the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015 regarding North Cascades National Park. This provision of the Law authorizes an adjustment to the boundaries of the Park and the Stephen Mather Wilderness for the purpose of constructing a road into the Upper Stehekin Valley. Specifically, it declares that the Secretary “may” adjust the boundaries of the Park and Wilderness in order to provide a 100 foot wide corridor along which the Stehekin Valley Road “may” be rebuilt.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today laid out how her department will continue to execute the president’s all-of-the-above energy approach. The plan calls for coupling ramped-up production with additional protective measures, including forthcoming rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands and increasing industry fees to permit and inspect projects.
The Coalition strongly encourages the United States Congress to act without delay and reauthorize the full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which will expire later this year. This essential program to continue to address our nation’s conservation and recreation needs.
The purpose of the proposed action is to review and modify, as appropriate, wildlife buffers necessary to protect a species, and to designate pedestrian and vehicle corridors around areas of the Seashore closed because of wildlife buffers, as required by the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (the Act). We submit the following comments regarding Alternative B, the National Park Service (NPS) Preferred Alternative, as it is described in the environmental assessment (EA).
The National Parks Conservation Association, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, and Park Rangers for Our Lands are the leading voices of the American people in protecting our National Park System from harmful side-effects of oil and gas development. On behalf of our more than one million members and supporters nationwide, we write to urge you to consider our positions on these bills when they come before the subcommittee on May 14, 2015.
The purpose of this piece is to declare our opposition to the Soda Mountain Solar Project, which would be located less than a quarter mile away from the boundary of the Mojave National Preserve. If developed as proposed, this project would disrupt efforts to restore bighorn sheep corridors, destroy tortoise, kit fox and burrowing owl habitat, harm scenic vistas, threaten special status birds, draw down precious groundwater resources and impair air quality.
We are writing to follow up on our meeting with you on April 30, 2015, regarding our concerns about the novel wilderness eligibility criteria used by NPS in preparing the revised 2010 wilderness eligibility assessment (WEA) for the BICY Addition.
CPANP Chair Maureen Finnerty said: “After extensive discussion among the Executive Council of the Coalition, the board voted to change the name of the organization to the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks – Voices of Experience. The original name, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, has served us well for over a decade, but did not adequately describe who we are or what we do. This is a name change only. The Coalition is not changing its purpose or membership criteria.”
The Coalition has numerous concerns about the high potential for Kaibab National Forest’ s proposed action to cause significant adverse impacts to a variety of natural and cultural resources, not only on Kaibab National Forest but also on adjacent lands under the jurisdiction of NPS.
We believe that this common-sense clean water rule provides ecological, recreational and economic benefits to downstream national parks and communities. With Clean Water Act protections, visitors can safely drink, fish, swim and play in park waterways. Plants and wildlife can depend on healthy streams.