As the National Park Service enters its second century, it faces many of the same challenges as other federal agencies. The two primary challenges facing the National Park Service as it moves forward are ensuring sufficient funding for the national park system from Congress and other revenue sources and keeping the national parks relevant to succeeding generations of Americans. Click “Read More” to read the full law review article from Coalition Executive Council member Donald J. Hellmann.
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.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has said he wants to outsource more visitor services, such as campgrounds operations, in national parks in order to save money. The Coalition believes such an approach is unlikely to reduce costs or improve service. Click “Read More” to see the Phil Francis interview on this topic in Men’s Journal magazine.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to issue leases in December 2017 for oil and gas development on parcels near Dinosaur National Monument within view of the park’s most popular Visitor Center. Click “Read More” to see our comment letter to BLM.
The Coalition opposes the House FY18 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that includes funding cuts and policy riders that would impact our national parks and their ecosystems. Over the years the budget for our national parks has continued to decline resulting in significant reductions in the parks’ ability to maintain its aging infrastructure, protect and preserve our country’s cultural and natural resources, and to provide visitors with the kind of experience the National Park Service is known for. Click “Read More” to read our letter to the House Committee on Appropriations.
The NPS “9B” oil and gas regulations were revised in 2016 to eliminate outdated exemptions that left the NPS with few effective tools to manage 60% of the oil and gas wells occurring in parks today. Now, under the guise of “regulatory reform,” the Interior Department is conducting a review to determine if the 2016 rule should be changed or repealed. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s comments in support of the updated NPS “9B” regulations.
The Coalition is concerned regarding Secretary Zinke’s stated desire to contract out some services in various parks. We are especially concerned about the reported focus on potential outsourcing of campground management. Please click “Read More” to see our letter to Secretary Zinke.
After a serving only a few months as Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke is conducting a problematic review that will determine the fate of 27 national monuments. Whatever Mr. Zinke decides will inevitably define his legacy as the chief steward of America’s public lands. Click “Read More” to see our comment letter to the Secretary.
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.
The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks recently sent Congress a letter signed by 262 former and current employees of the National Park Service. These Park Service professionals came together to request funding for the National Park Service’s $11.3 billion maintenance backlog. Click “Read More” to see our letter.