Op-Ed: This Is No Time To Give Up On America’s National Treasures

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.

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Proposed Regulation on Native American Plant Collection

  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

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Op-Ed: “The most beautiful places on earth: Our public parks and open space”

“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.”

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Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act

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.

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Op-ed: Clean up power-plant emissions to preserve our parks’ vistas

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.

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Tusayan Roadway Easements

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.

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Coalition Of National Park Service Retirees Is Now The “Coalition To Protect America’s National Parks”

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

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Coalition Opposition To The Soda Mountain Solar Project

The purpose of this piece is to declare our opposition to the Soda Mountain Solar Project, which would be located less than a quarter mile away from the boundary of the Mojave National Preserve. If developed as proposed, this project would disrupt efforts to restore bighorn sheep corridors, destroy tortoise, kit fox and burrowing owl habitat, harm scenic vistas, threaten special status birds, draw down precious groundwater resources and impair air quality.

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