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.
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.
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.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s recent claim that 30 percent of department employees are “not loyal to the flag” is not only ludicrous but also deeply insulting to the hundreds of dedicated Interior employees who live and work in Zinke’s home state of Montana. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s letter to the editor of the Helena (MT) Independent Record.
On September 29, 2017, the Coalition and the National Parks Conservation Association jointly filed a formal protest with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal (Utah) Field Office regarding BLM’s planned December 2017 oil and gas lease sale of parcels near Dinosaur National Monument. Click “Read More” to read the full letter.
We, the undersigned, are writing to express our strongest objections to Secretary Zinke’s reported remarks that 30% of the 70,000 employees at the Department of the Interior are “not loyal to the flag.” The Secretary’s disrespectful remarks were made at the National Petroleum Council meeting in Washington, D.C., on September 25, 2017. Please click “Read More” to see our letter.
Please click “Read More” to read the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks statement on Executive Order 13792 (National Monument Review).
On behalf of our members and supporters nationwide, we write in strong opposition to H.R. 3354, the Fiscal Year 2018 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill (“Make America Secure and Prosperous Act, 2018”). Please click “Read More” to see our letter.
In August 2017, three Coalition members participated in a telepresser with members of the press focused on oil & gas development around national parks. Click “Read More” to hear the full audio.
In August, over 350 members signed a letter voicing their concern for the alarming number of oil and gas proposals that are advancing next to national parks, as well as broader efforts by the Interior Department to reduce protections for national parks in order to encourage oil and gas drilling. Click “Read More” to read the full letter to Secretary Zinke.