The purpose of this letter is to express our concern about the rider contained within the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015 regarding North Cascades National Park. This provision of the Law authorizes an adjustment to the boundaries of the Park and the Stephen Mather Wilderness for the purpose of constructing a road into the Upper Stehekin Valley. Specifically, it declares that the Secretary “may” adjust the boundaries of the Park and Wilderness in order to provide a 100 foot wide corridor along which the Stehekin Valley Road “may” be rebuilt.
A final settlement has been reached in the longstanding fight over Drakes Bay Estero. CNPSR, along with many other conservation groups, was a strong advocate for Wilderness and the Seashore and countered much of the negative publicity and distortions in the media regarding the controversy.
Here are the details of the new authorization bill. CNPSR Board and membership were key in getting many of the provisions passed through testimony, letters, Congressional calls and contacts. It would not be the success it is without your help and support, both personal and financial!
CNPSR views the current planning process as an important opportunity for the NPS to finally and effectively resolve several longstanding and problematic issues at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, specifically the need for an improved visitor center and a much needed facility to store the park’s museum collection.
I am writing to you on behalf of over 1,000 members of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR), who collectively represent more than 30,000 years of national park management experience. CNPSR studies, educates, speaks, and acts for the preservation of America’s National Park System. We engage primarily in issues that have system-wide implications, including proposed laws, national policies and regulations, and issues at the park level where outcomes may set precedent or long-term direction. The purpose of this letter is to comment on the National Park Service (NPS) proposal to amend its regulations for sport hunting and trapping in national preserves in Alaska.
“The purpose of this letter is to provide our comments on the Revised Environmental Assessment to Construct a New Multi-Use Trail at Panther Junction in Big Bend National Park.”
We applaud the National Park Service for developing and presenting a clear set of goals and desired future conditions for the Moose-Wilson corridor. They effectively fulfill the essential step of defining the future for this corridor. Moreover, these goals and desired future conditions seem fully consistent with the laws and policies of the National Park Service.
CNPSR strongly supports the proposed expansion of FEHB eligibility, along with a Government contribution to the cost of coverage (i.e., premium), to Federal employees working full-time on temporary appointments and to certain employees on seasonal and intermittent schedules.
For some time the CNPSR has tracked efforts by the Bureau of Land Management to move forward on a variety of oil and gas leasing projects near national park areas in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. We are concerned that a consequence of some of these projects will be serious harm to the resource values for which many of these parks were established.
Ford Administration NPS Director Gary Everhardt Joins Coalition of National Park Service Retirees; Group Played Vital Role in 2013 Sequestration/Government Shutdown Battle. WASHINGTON, D.C.///May 21, 2014///From its humble beginnings as a group of just three former National Park Service (NPS) employees speaking out in 2003 against proposed cuts to national park budgets to a major advocacy organization representing a collective 30,000 years of NPS