Testimony Before the House Committee on Natural Resources, Federal Lands Subcommittee

On March 16, 2017, Denis P. Galvin, former Deputy Director of the National Park Service, represented the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks in testifying to the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands at the Oversight Hearing on Identifying Innovative Infrastructure Ideas for the National Park Service and Forest Service. Click “Read More” to see his full testimony.

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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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Utah Parks Deserve Clean Air Too

The Coalition has joined numerous other groups in opposing current Congressional Review Act resolutions that would repeal the Utah Regional Haze Rule, an Obama-era EPA regulation aimed at improving the air quality in some of our nation’s most iconic national parks. Click “Read More” to see the text of our letter.

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Coalition Statement on President’s Budget

The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks is alarmed at the extent the National Park Service’s budget will be reduced should the President’s budget be adopted. While we have not seen how the Interior Department’s overall 11.7% cut will be allocated between agencies within Interior, should a cut of that magnitude be levied against the NPS and its parks, there will by widespread reductions in programs, operating hours, seasonal and permanent staff, and visitor services.

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Testimony for Committee on Natural Resources

We urge the Congress to make the investment necessary to appropriately fund the parks – to make them great again. We believe that the National Park Service is worth the investment. It is an investment in America’s future that protects our special places and provides tens of thousands of jobs for those who live nearby. The 300 million people who visit our parks each year will be grateful. Click “Read More” to read Phil Francis’ full testimony for the Committee on Natural Resources on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks.

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Coalition Opposes Opening Acadia’s Intertidal Areas to Commercial Harvest

In an unprecedented reversal of longstanding protection of marine organisms at Acadia National Park, members of Maine’s congressional delegation have introduced legislation that would open the park’s intertidal areas to commercial harvest and aquaculture. Click “Read More” to see our letter to the House Committee on Natural Resources opposing the legislation.

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State’s Proposals Would Adversely Impact Two National Monuments in Utah

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed two concurrent resolutions passed by the State legislature. One asks the President of the United States to rescind the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument and the second asks Congress to significantly reduce the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Click “Read More” to see our letter of objection to Governor Herbert.

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Caution Urged for Oil and Gas Plan Near Chaco Culture NHP

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are jointly preparing a management plan that will guide future oil and gas leasing on over 4 million acres of land in northwestern New Mexico, including areas in the vicinity of Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Aztec Ruins National Monument, and other important cultural sites. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s scoping comments to BLM and BIA.

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