The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks has filed a motion with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to accept an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in a lawsuit involving the 2011 Big Cypress National Preserve Addition General Management Plan, Wilderness Study, and ORV Management Plan. The amicus brief is in support of the separate lawsuits against the Big Cypress Addition General Management Plan and wilderness eligibility determination filed by the National Parks Conservation Association and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
The purpose of this letter is to submit scoping comments on the planning newsletter for the Environmental Assessment for Consideration of Changes to Final Rule for Off-Road Vehicle Management (EA). NPS is considering changes to the Final Rule as required by Section 3057(c) of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2015. While we understand it was not an NPS choice to consider revisions to the Final Rule so soon after it was promulgated, we do have a number of concerns and comments.
There is no denying that many of America’s national parks and historic places are in disrepair today or offering shortened visitor hours, fewer interpretive guides, and other services that should make a visit to one of our national crown jewels a special experience. This is a tragedy, but it is no reason to give up on preserving more of what makes America unique.
July 15, 2015 Mr. Joe Watkins Office of Tribal Relations and American Cultures U.S. National Park Service 1201 Eye Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20005 Re: Proposed Rule – Gathering of Certain Plants or Plant Parts by Federally Recognized Indian Tribes for Traditional Purposes: RIN 1024-AD84 Dear Mr. Watkins: We are writing to comment on the proposed amendments to National Park Service (NPS) regulations
“With the LWCF expiring in less than 100 days, Congress must act to ensure that future generations have access to healthy outdoor recreation resources. Debate in Congress raises fears that it will fail to continue this valuable program. Congress is failing to demonstrate the kind of overwhelming bipartisan support for conservation and recreation that led to the creation of the Fund 50 years ago and the protection of so many important areas throughout the nation. It’s time for Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”
The Coalition strongly supports the Act, as drafted. It is beneficial legislation that would provide a fair and reasonable opportunity for experienced temporary employees to become eligible to compete for front-line career positions. Of benefit to the land management agencies, the increased competition for positions would also improve the quality of the applicant pool.
A NPS Retiree Speaks Up – My earliest memories are of my mother, sitting with my siblings and myself at vista points in Zion or Bryce, where she encouraged us to listen to the sounds of silence — blowing winds, a bird’s call or a rock falling in the distance. She would point out how far we could see and how clear the air was. She often commented how the parks hadn’t changed much from when she was young and that was why national parks were established. She explained they were different from other protected areas because their purpose was to not only conserve the natural and cultural resources but to protect the natural processes as well.
We believe that this common-sense clean water rule provides ecological, recreational and economic benefits to downstream national parks and communities. With Clean Water Act protections, visitors can safely drink, fish, swim and play in park waterways. Plants and wildlife can depend on healthy streams.
The Coalition has numerous concerns about the high potential for Kaibab National Forest’ s proposed action to cause significant adverse impacts to a variety of natural and cultural resources, not only on Kaibab National Forest but also on adjacent lands under the jurisdiction of NPS.
COALITION OF NATIONAL PARK SERVICE RETIREES IS NOW THE “COALITION TO PROTECT AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS” 12-Year-Old Coalition of Nearly 1,100 Former NPS Employees With More than 30,000 Years of Combined Experience to Remain Focused on Mission of Protecting and Advancing the Parks and Programs of the NPS. TUCSON, ARIZONA – May 27, 2015 – The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees is now the