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.
The Coalition has joined 450 other organizations in writing President Trump, Interior Secretary Zinke, and Commerce Secretary Ross to express our unified opposition to any efforts by the Trump administration to remove or decrease protections for any national monuments. Click “Read More” to see our joint letter.
The Coalition urges Secretary Zinke to fulfill his promises to the American people to protect those places we most value and resist the efforts of a few to make a profit from our public lands. We believe that our parks and public lands represent the very best of America. Click “Read More” to see our full statement.
While numerous valuable programs and people would be negatively impacted by a shut down, we are particularly concerned about the impact on our national parks, national wildlife refuges, national fish hatcheries, resource conservation areas, national forests, and other special lands and waters where people visit and recreate. Click “Read More” to see our letter to the President and Congress.
A recent order issued by new Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke could result in a major rollback of the NPS “9B” oil and gas regulations and lead to significant increases in drilling for oil and gas in 42 parks. Click “Read More” to see our letter of concern to the Secretary.
A recent Secretarial Order would rollback numerous environmental regulations, including the NPS “9B” oil and gas regulations, which protect park resources from adverse impacts caused by energy extraction activities on public lands near or within parks. Click “Read More” to see our op-ed about the Secretarial Order in The Hill.
Over 50 years after the passage of the Wilderness Act, new legislation proposes to open Congressionally designated wilderness areas to bicycles and other non-motorized wheeled devices. Click “Read More” to see our letter to the House Committee on Natural Resources opposing the legislation.