The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks is announcing the establishment of a Park Institute of America. The institute is a collaboration with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and will be located on Duke’s campus in Durham, North Carolina. The goal of the Institute is to engage in broad conversations about the importance of parks and protected areas as a vital component of society. The Institute will advocate for parks and other important natural and historic places through public education and will make practical recommendations to advance public policy.
Recent management plans at Big Cypress have mischaracterized the Preserve’s legislative mandate and shortchanged the amount of eligible wilderness in the 1988 Addition to the Preserve. A proposed new backcountry access plan and wilderness study (plan/study) for the original Preserve appears to be headed toward the same shortcomings. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s comments on the preliminary alternatives newsletter for the plan/study.
The Coalition has joined forces with conservation and historic preservation groups to support legislation in the Virginia House of Delegates that would better protect historic resources by strengthening the State’s requirements related to approval of new high voltage transmission lines. Click “Read More” to see our joint letter to the Chair of the Special Subcommittee on Energy.
Current law requires specific Congressional approval before an oil or gas pipeline can be built through any unit of the National Park System. However, a proposed amendment to an energy bill being considered in the U.S. Senate would eliminate this requirement and promote the construction of natural gas pipelines through parks. The Coalition and other conservation groups strongly oppose the pipelines-through-parks amendment. Click “Read More” to see our joint letter to members of the U.S. Senate.
Coalition Chair Maureen Finnerty’s powerful op-ed decrying a proposal to cripple the Antiquities Act appeared in The Hill, a top US political website read daily by the White House, elected officials, lobbyists and analysts. Click ”Read More” to read the op-ed.
One of the many issues being monitored by the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition) has been in the planning process to develop a management plan for the Moose-Wilson corridor at Grand Teton National Park (GRTE). The National Park Service (NPS) is currently seeking public comment on the Draft Moose-Wilson Corridor Comprehensive Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement through December 29, 2015. NPS has proposed
The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks and Park Rangers for Our Lands have jointly filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief with the Supreme Court of the State of Utah in a lawsuit involving R.S. 2477, an 1866 mining law that included language allowing roads to be built on federal lands for the purpose of the public crossing the country.
This essential and highly successful program dating back to 1965 “reinvests” a small portion of the revenues derived from off shore oil drilling back to the acquisition of national park sites and other critical national needs for conservation and recreation. In addition, this program, through matching grants enables state and local governments to acquire and develop close to home recreational opportunities that serve millions of Americans day in and day out.
The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks announces that Amy Gilbert has been hired as the Executive Director. Prior to joining the Coalition, Gilbert served as the Senior Officer of Communications Partnerships for the United Nations Foundation where she built and managed strategic communications relationships on behalf of the organization, including partnerships with major brands, marketing partners and individual supporters.
The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks has filed a motion with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to accept an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in a lawsuit involving the 2011 Big Cypress National Preserve Addition General Management Plan, Wilderness Study, and ORV Management Plan. The amicus brief is in support of the separate lawsuits against the Big Cypress Addition General Management Plan and wilderness eligibility determination filed by the National Parks Conservation Association and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.