Letter

Pro Bike Race at Colorado National Monument a Bad Idea

In 2010-2011, the National Park Service (NPS) denied a permit request to hold a professional bicycle race on the main road into Colorado National Monument, citing conflicts with NPS management policies and impacts to access for park visitors. Recent news reports suggest that the new park superintendent may be reconsidering allowing the race after all. Click “Read More” to see our letter to the superintendent.

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Proposed Big Cypress Seismic Survey: A Better NEPA Analysis Needed

Big Cypress National Preserve is renowned for its expansive wetlands. A proposed oil and gas survey using massive “vibroseis” trucks would create over 500 miles of new off-road vehicle tracks, including in some areas deemed eligible as wilderness. The Coalition is calling on NPS to prepare a better analysis of the proposal. Click “Read More” to read our full comments.

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NPS Is Revising Its “9B” Oil and Gas Regulations

Did you know that there are currently over 530 oil and gas drilling operations occurring in 12 parks whose enabling legislation authorizes such activities to occur? NPS is updating its 1978 regulations governing such drilling operations and the Coalition has spoken out in support of much needed changes. Click “Read More” to read our full comments.

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Comments on the Draft Moose-Wilson Corridor Comprehensive Management Plan

On December 7, 2015, and crowning over a year’s worth of advocacy, the Coalition submitted comprehensive comments on this plan, outlining criteria by which a successful plan should be measured and expressing strong support for the NPS’s Preferred Alternative. Read our full comments by clicking “Read More”.

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Remove Pipelines-through-Parks Provision from H.R. 8

Legislation pending in the House of Representatives contains provisions that would gut longstanding and critical protections for national park lands and waters, facilitating the construction of new natural gas pipelines through parks. Read the clear and compelling letter in opposition sent December 1, 2015 to the House and signed by the heads of 15 major conservation organizations.

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Comments on Moab Master Leasing Plan/Draft Resource Management Plan

How can the public and industry alike know at this point what exactly BLM will do in terms of consistently requiring and implementing the prescribed stipulations when future site-specific projects are proposed? The collective federal land management experience of our many members suggests that such uncertainty regarding stipulation requirements will only invite numerous problems (lawsuits, appeals, etc.) once site-specific projects are proposed and evaluated. Again with our focus on the conservation of national park resources, we strongly urge BLM to tighten up, reduce, or eliminate the proposed exceptions, modifications, and waivers.

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Scoping for Environmental Assessment for Consideration of Changes to Final Rule for Off-Road Vehicle Management

The purpose of this letter is to submit scoping comments on the planning newsletter for the Environmental Assessment for Consideration of Changes to Final Rule for Off-Road Vehicle Management (EA). NPS is considering changes to the Final Rule as required by Section 3057(c) of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2015. While we understand it was not an NPS choice to consider revisions to the Final Rule so soon after it was promulgated, we do have a number of concerns and comments.

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Proposed Regulation on Native American Plant Collection

  July 15, 2015 Mr. Joe Watkins Office of Tribal Relations and American Cultures U.S. National Park Service 1201 Eye Street, N.W. Washington, DC  20005 Re:  Proposed Rule – Gathering of Certain Plants or Plant Parts by Federally Recognized Indian Tribes for Traditional Purposes:  RIN 1024-AD84 Dear Mr. Watkins: We are writing to comment on the proposed amendments to National Park Service (NPS) regulations

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