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.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are jointly preparing a management plan that will guide future oil and gas leasing on over 4 million acres of land in northwestern New Mexico, including areas in the vicinity of Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Aztec Ruins National Monument, and other important cultural sites. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s scoping comments to BLM and BIA.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to issue leases in June 2017 for oil and gas development on parcels less than two miles from the west boundary of Zion National Park. Click “Read More” to see our comment letter to BLM.
As the 115th Congress begins session, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks has requested that both the House and Senate fund the National Park Service’s $11.9B Maintenance Backlog. The Coalition strongly believes that failure to provide this important funding will continue to seriously jeopardize our nation’s most important natural and cultural resources, and diminish the experience visitors have at our national park units. We ask CPANP members to also contact their Senators and Representatives, and request they support funding for our National Parks.
The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks has prepared three papers with recommendations to address the most critical issues facing our parks in the next four years. These issues are Effective Leadership and Development, Funding for Infrastructure and Staffing, and Partnership Opportunities. Click “Read More” to read the full proposal.