OP-ED

Bakersfield Californian: Maintenance, repairs greatly needed in our national parks

Executive Council member, Dave Graber, spoke out in his local newspaper, the Bakersfield Californian, about the significant need to address the NPS maintenance backlog. Graber says, “Congress has a chance to turn the maintenance backlog around. If passed, the bipartisan National Park Legacy Act (S.751/H.R.2584) will ensure that there is dedicated funding for park maintenance in each year’s budget.” Click “Read More” to read Dave’s editorial.

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Coalition’s letter to the editor of the Helena (MT) Independent Record

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s recent claim that 30 percent of department employees are “not loyal to the flag” is not only ludicrous but also deeply insulting to the hundreds of dedicated Interior employees who live and work in Zinke’s home state of Montana. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s letter to the editor of the Helena (MT) Independent Record.

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Op-Ed: National Parks Should Be Considered Before Oil and Gas Leasing

Public lands surrounding many southwestern national parks are under pressure to be leased for oil and gas development. Most recently the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed leasing lands adjacent to Dinosaur National Monument, in direct view of the park entrance road and main visitor center, raising concerns about impacts to the park. Click “Read More” to see the op-ed written by Coalition member Fred Fagergren.

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Op-Ed: The Importance of Maine’s New National Monument

Interior Secretary Zinke’s recent visit to Maine to see Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a good exercise of his role as chief steward of our nation’s national parks and monuments. But contemplating reduction or elimination of our public land is not. Click “Read More” to see the op-ed by Coalition executive council member Sheridan Steele in the Bangor Daily News.

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Op-Ed: Acadia is a national treasure. Harvesting clams, worms will only hurt the park.

Supporting new legislation that facilitates extraction of resources from a national park is a very bad idea and terrible precedent. This is especially so coming out of Acadia — a park and community that are looked to across the U.S. for their history of positive leadership in park protection. We urge others to actively support keeping Acadia’s intertidal zone under the careful stewardship of Acadia National Park. Click “Read More” to read the full op-ed by members Michael Soukup and Mary Foley.

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Op-Ed: U.S. Starving Its National Parks

Millions of Americans and international visitors have formed their own stories in our national parks, rooted in wonder. Years ago, at the base of Yosemite Falls, I watched my daughter and her close-knit group of friends grow in their passion for nature at the park where I met and eventually married my husband. Our national parks provide us with priceless memories and inspiration, and yet, these magnificent places are struggling from years of inadequate funding due to inaction by Congress.

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The Old Dominion Deserves Better from Dominion Electric

Dominion Virginia Power proposes to construct 44 massive electric transmission towers across the James River within close sight of historic Jamestown Island, arguably one of our nation’s most historically significant places. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering whether to issue the permit needed for Dominion Virginia to proceed. Click “Read More” to see Pat Tiller’s powerful opinion-editorial in the Washington Post about this troubling proposal.

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