A NPS Retiree Speaks Up – My earliest memories are of my mother, sitting with my siblings and myself at vista points in Zion or Bryce, where she encouraged us to listen to the sounds of silence — blowing winds, a bird’s call or a rock falling in the distance. She would point out how far we could see and how clear the air was. She often commented how the parks hadn’t changed much from when she was young and that was why national parks were established. She explained they were different from other protected areas because their purpose was to not only conserve the natural and cultural resources but to protect the natural processes as well.
The Coalition strongly supports the Act, as drafted. It is beneficial legislation that would provide a fair and reasonable opportunity for experienced temporary employees to become eligible to compete for front-line career positions. Of benefit to the land management agencies, the increased competition for positions would also improve the quality of the applicant pool.
“With the LWCF expiring in less than 100 days, Congress must act to ensure that future generations have access to healthy outdoor recreation resources. Debate in Congress raises fears that it will fail to continue this valuable program. Congress is failing to demonstrate the kind of overwhelming bipartisan support for conservation and recreation that led to the creation of the Fund 50 years ago and the protection of so many important areas throughout the nation. It’s time for Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”
This Proposed Rule addresses a sensitive public policy question; we recognize that and applaud the NPS’s interest in addressing this long-standing issue. Many Coalition members have substantial experience as park managers, interpreters, rangers, and program administrators in working with tribal governments as well as individual tribal members. We are all too aware of the tragic history and cultural loss of America’s Native Peoples over the last 400+ years and would like to see some measure of their patrimony restored to them.
There is no denying that many of America’s national parks and historic places are in disrepair today or offering shortened visitor hours, fewer interpretive guides, and other services that should make a visit to one of our national crown jewels a special experience. This is a tragedy, but it is no reason to give up on preserving more of what makes America unique.
The purpose of this letter is to submit scoping comments on the planning newsletter for the Environmental Assessment for Consideration of Changes to Final Rule for Off-Road Vehicle Management (EA). NPS is considering changes to the Rule as required by Section 3057(c) of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2015. While we understand it was not an NPS choice to consider revisions to the Final Rule so soon after it was promulgated, we do have a number of concerns and comments.
The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks has filed a motion with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to accept an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in a lawsuit involving the 2011 Big Cypress National Preserve Addition General Management Plan, Wilderness Study, and ORV Management Plan. The amicus brief is in support of the separate lawsuits against the Big Cypress Addition General Management Plan and wilderness eligibility determination filed by the National Parks Conservation Association and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks announces that Amy Gilbert has been hired as the Executive Director. Prior to joining the Coalition, Gilbert served as the Senior Officer of Communications Partnerships for the United Nations Foundation where she built and managed strategic communications relationships on behalf of the organization, including partnerships with major brands, marketing partners and individual supporters.
Placed against this expansive vision, the existing national park system is incomplete. That judgment also applies to the units that comprise the current U. S. conservation estate; forests, refuges, monuments, state parks, land trusts, etc. The international standard for conservation of terrestrial and inland waters is 17 %. A recent estimate puts the current U.S. total at 7%. The maritime and coastal area standard of 10% is even further from being achieved.
This essential and highly successful program dating back to 1965 “reinvests” a small portion of the revenues derived from off shore oil drilling back to the acquisition of national park sites and other critical national needs for conservation and recreation. In addition, this program, through matching grants enables state and local governments to acquire and develop close to home recreational opportunities that serve millions of Americans day in and day out.