Interior Secretary Zinke’s recent visit to Maine to see Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a good exercise of his role as chief steward of our nation’s national parks and monuments. But contemplating reduction or elimination of our public land is not. Click “Read More” to see the op-ed by Coalition executive council member Sheridan Steele in the Bangor Daily News.
The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks is deeply disappointed to see Secretary Zinke’s proposal for President Trump to reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument. Such an action would undermine the ability of the land managing agencies to assure the proper care and management of the important natural and cultural resources protected by this National Monument. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s full statement.
The White House has solicited public comments on how to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of agencies within the executive branch of the Federal government. We believe key reforms are needed to ensure the long-term success of the NPS. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s comments.
On June 3, 2017, the Coalition joined the National Parks Conservation Association and The Defenders of Wildlife to submit to the Bureau of Land Management a formal protest regarding the Eagle Crest Energy Gen-Tie and Water Supply Pipeline Project. Click “Read More” to read the full letter.
On June 7, 2017, Maria Burks represented the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks in testifying to the United States Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during a hearing to examine opportunities for “Moving into a Second Century of Service: Working to Improve the National Park Service Workplace Environment.” Click “Read More” to see her full testimony.
On June 7, 2017, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks sent Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke a letter signed by 260 former and current employees of the National Park Service. These Park Service professionals came together to advocate for the importance of protecting parks and public lands, and to emphasize the role that the Antiquities Act has played in building that legacy. Click “Read More” to see our letter to Secretary Zinke.
Citing the many public concerns expressed about proposed oil and gas leasing on three parcels near Zion National Park, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it would indefinitely defer on issuing leases for those three parcels. Click “Read More” to see a full update on this issue.
The variety and richness of the cultural and natural resources at Bears Ears National Monument matches that of other national monuments and deserve the protection national monument status conveys. Despite this, a Trump executive order tasked Interior Secretary Zinke with conducting a review that could downsize or rescind Bears Ears and 26 other national monuments. Click “Read More” to see our letter to Secretary Zinke opposing any changes in Bears Ears’ national monument status.
Park-level cuts of 8%, will result in a reduction of 1,242 positions. When added to 2,000 currently vacant positions, this will have a devastating effect on park operations, adversely impacting visitor services, the maintenance and protection of park resources, and the economies of gateway communities.
As stewards of programs funded through the Interior, Environmental and Related Agencies appropriations bill, we are united in strong opposition to the Administration’s FY18 budget blueprint. Click “Read More” to see our letter to Congress.