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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Coalition has joined numerous other groups in opposing current Congressional Review Act resolutions that would repeal the Utah Regional Haze Rule, an Obama-era EPA regulation aimed at improving the air quality in some of our nation’s most iconic national parks. Click “Read More” to see the text of our letter.
In an unprecedented reversal of longstanding protection of marine organisms at Acadia National Park, members of Maine’s congressional delegation have introduced legislation that would open the park’s intertidal areas to commercial harvest and aquaculture. Click “Read More” to see our letter to the House Committee on Natural Resources opposing the legislation.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed two concurrent resolutions passed by the State legislature. One asks the President of the United States to rescind the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument and the second asks Congress to significantly reduce the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Click “Read More” to see our letter of objection to Governor Herbert.