Letter

11th Circuit Confirms NPS Conservation Mandate Applies at Big Cypress National Preserve

Based on deference to agency discretion, a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision sided with the NPS in a lawsuit filed by conservation groups over the controversial 2011 general management plan for the Preserve’s Addition lands. Despite the affirmation of the NPS plan, the court also held that the NPS Organic Act’s “conservation mandate” applies at all units of the National Park System, in stark contrast to the “multiple use mandate” that had been described for the Preserve in a lower court ruling. Please click “Read More” to see our letter to Superintendent Tammy Whittington regarding the court decision.

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Coalition Opposes Bills that Would Undermine the Antiquities Act and Block New Parks

The Coalition has joined with other advocacy organizations in opposing attacks on the Antiques Act. It is disappointing to see three separate bills to undermine the Antiquities Act – the law which is responsible for originally protecting nearly half of our national parks – being advanced less than a month after our country celebrated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Please click “Read More” to see our concerns.

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Proposed Rule to Amend Cape Hatteras N.S. Special Regulation for Off-Road Vehicle Management

The purpose of this letter is to submit comments on the proposed rule to amend the Seashore’s 2012 special regulations for ORV management found at 36 CFR § 7.58 (c). While some aspects of the proposed changes seem to be adequately justified, we are concerned that other aspects of the proposal are not adequately explained nor justified. Please click “Read More” to see our concerns.

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Grand Canyon N.P. – North Rim Hybrid Bison

The Coalition has been told that NEPA compliance may be limited to an Environmental Assessment – Findings of No Significant Impact for a decision that will inevitably have very significant consequences to park resources, and quite likely national implications. Addressing and resolving an issue of this significance clearly requires an EIS, and must be informed by the most comprehensive science available. Click “Read More” to read The Coalition’s letter to the incoming superintendent.

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Regulation on Native American Plant Collection

The new rule provides greater leverage and bargaining power to those who want to take park resources. The Coalition offered substantial comment on the proposed amendments that were published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2015. Click “Read More” to see Coalition’ s letter to Director John Jarvis urging the strongest possible guidance and support from national NPS leadership to assure that park managers limit the scope of plant removal, implement rigorous and appropriate application of NEPA guidelines.

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Say “No” to Soda Mountain Solar

The Bureau of Land Management has given the go ahead to a massive solar energy development proposed by Soda Mountain Solar, LLC that would be constructed less than a mile from the boundary of Mojave National Preserve. The project threatens important wildlife habitat and migration corridors. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s letter opposing the project to the San Bernadino County Board of Supervisors.

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Coalition Comments on Proposed Regional Haze Rule Amendments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising the Regional Haze Rule, a regulation intended to protect visibility in federally designated Class 1 areas – areas that include 48 national parks. While the proposed rule offers improvements over the current regulation, some aspects of the proposal need to be stronger if the nation is ever going to achieve the Clean Air Act’s long-term goal of “natural visibility” in the Class 1 areas. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s comments to the EPA.

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Coalition Objects to NPS Hunting Jurisdiction Decision at Grand Teton NP

Except for a legislatively authorized annual elk hunt, other forms of hunting have been strictly prohibited on private inholdings within Grand Teton National Park since 1950. That changed dramatically after an Associate Regional Director issued a letter that has opened the door to big game trophy hunting on these properties within the park. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s letter to NPS Director Jon Jarvis.

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Coalition Comments on Director’s Order #21 – Philanthropic Partnerships

The NPS has proposed changes in its servicewide policies related to philanthropic partnerships and fundraising. While the draft guidance is a step in the right direction, it has a number of shortcomings that need to be addressed to make it more effective for both the NPS and its philanthropic partners. Click “Read More” to see our comments.

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