The Department of the Interior is soliciting nominations for the newly created “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee. The Committee will provide advice to the Secretary on the public-private partnerships across all public lands, with the goal of expanding access to and improving infrastructure on public lands and waterways. Click “Read More” to see our nomination.
Proposed NPS Fee Increases Are Over the Top
The NPS proposal to double peak season entrance fees at 17 of the most popular national parks is fundamentally flawed and, if implemented, will do more harm than good. Click “Read More” to see our comment letter opposing the fee increases.
In a letter to the members of the House Ways & Means Committee, the Coalition requested that the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program be retained in a reformed tax code when Congress considers H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. The introduced bill fails to include this vital federal tax incentive – a proven tool that creates local jobs, preserves historic buildings and returns more to the Treasury than it costs.
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.
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.
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, 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.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to issue leases in December 2017 for oil and gas development on parcels near Dinosaur National Monument within view of the park’s most popular Visitor Center. Click “Read More” to see our comment letter to BLM.
The Coalition opposes the House FY18 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that includes funding cuts and policy riders that would impact our national parks and their ecosystems. Over the years the budget for our national parks has continued to decline resulting in significant reductions in the parks’ ability to maintain its aging infrastructure, protect and preserve our country’s cultural and natural resources, and to provide visitors with the kind of experience the National Park Service is known for. Click “Read More” to read our letter to the House Committee on Appropriations.