Over 350 Coalition Members Sign Letter to Secretary Zinke Against Oil and Gas Development Around National Parks

In August, over 350 members signed a letter voicing their concern for the alarming number of oil and gas proposals that are advancing next to national parks, as well as broader efforts by the Interior Department to reduce protections for national parks in order to encourage oil and gas drilling. Click “Read More” to read the full letter to Secretary Zinke. 

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Law Review Article: The National Park Service at 100

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.

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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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The Interview: Why Outsourcing National Park Staff Would Be a Disaster

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.

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Coalition Opposes House FY18 Appropriations Bill

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.

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