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.
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works toward finalizing a long overdue revision of the Regional Haze Rule, the Coalition and its members continue to advocate for improving air quality and protecting visibility in national parks. Click “Read More” to see Coalition member Chris Shaver’s letter to the editor regarding EPA’s proposed revision to this important air quality regulation.
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.
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.
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.
Meridian Energy Group proposes to construct and operate an oil refinery approximately three miles from the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s letter opposing the refinery that was sent to the Billings County (ND) Commissioners.
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.
After 35 years of Federal protection, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued a proposed rule to remove the Greater Yellowstone population of grizzly bears from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. If “delisting” occurs, the surrounding states will classify grizzly bears as game animals, which will allow trophy hunting of grizzlies immediately adjacent to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Click “Read More” to see our comments to FWS.
In November 2015, NPS issued an environmental assessment (EA) for a controversial plan that would allow an oil company to conduct an oil and gas survey at Big Cypress National Preserve using massive “Vibroseis” trucks. The vehicles, weighing 61,700 pounds each, would travel across the Preserve’s extensive wetlands, creating over 500 miles of new off-road vehicle tracks, including in some areas deemed eligible as wilderness. Now, less than four months after the 45-day public comment closed on that EA, NPS has issued a new (revised) EA and allowed only two weeks for public comment. Click “Read More” to see our full comments.
The Coalition has voiced concerns about an energy company’s plans to convert two abandoned open pit mines into a massive “pumped storage” hydroelectric energy facility on 2,500 acres near Joshua Tree National Park. The project would draw 28,000 acre-feet of water – enough to supply 40,000 homes for a year – from the Chuckwalla Valley aquifer, likely causing adverse impacts in the park. Click “Read More” to see our letter to California Congressman Raul Ruiz.