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.
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.