The purpose of this letter is to express our concern about the rider contained within the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015 regarding North Cascades National Park. This provision of the Law authorizes an adjustment to the boundaries of the Park and the Stephen Mather Wilderness for the purpose of constructing a road into the Upper Stehekin Valley. Specifically, it declares that the Secretary “may” adjust the boundaries of the Park and Wilderness in order to provide a 100 foot wide corridor along which the Stehekin Valley Road “may” be rebuilt.
On behalf of the millions of Americans represented by our organizations, we write to strongly oppose H.R. 399, the “Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015,” in particular Section 3, “Operational Control of the Border,” and Section 13, “Prohibition on Actions that Impede Border Security on Certain Federal Land.” Under the guise of enhancing border security, Section 3 would further militarize natural areas and communities already glutted with border walls, roads and towers; Section 13 would undermine fundamental environmental and conservation laws and would allow further damage to the fragile border environment and the people and communities dependent upon it.
The omnibus spending bill for 2015 provides a modest increase for the National Park Service over 2014 enacted. Final numbers are close to the Administration request ($2.615 billion total appropriations, $2.284 operations, ONPS). The ONPS number is increased by $39 million over 2014. While this is notable for these fiscally challenged times, (other agencies have not done so well and in fact have not
A final settlement has been reached in the longstanding fight over Drakes Bay Estero. CNPSR, along with many other conservation groups, was a strong advocate for Wilderness and the Seashore and countered much of the negative publicity and distortions in the media regarding the controversy.
Here are the details of the new authorization bill. CNPSR Board and membership were key in getting many of the provisions passed through testimony, letters, Congressional calls and contacts. It would not be the success it is without your help and support, both personal and financial!
CNPSR views the current planning process as an important opportunity for the NPS to finally and effectively resolve several longstanding and problematic issues at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, specifically the need for an improved visitor center and a much needed facility to store the park’s museum collection.
I am writing to you on behalf of over 1,000 members of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR), who collectively represent more than 30,000 years of national park management experience. CNPSR studies, educates, speaks, and acts for the preservation of America’s National Park System. We engage primarily in issues that have system-wide implications, including proposed laws, national policies and regulations, and issues at the park level where outcomes may set precedent or long-term direction. The purpose of this letter is to comment on the National Park Service (NPS) proposal to amend its regulations for sport hunting and trapping in national preserves in Alaska.
“The purpose of this letter is to provide our comments on the Revised Environmental Assessment to Construct a New Multi-Use Trail at Panther Junction in Big Bend National Park.”
We applaud the National Park Service for developing and presenting a clear set of goals and desired future conditions for the Moose-Wilson corridor. They effectively fulfill the essential step of defining the future for this corridor. Moreover, these goals and desired future conditions seem fully consistent with the laws and policies of the National Park Service.
CNPSR strongly supports the proposed expansion of FEHB eligibility, along with a Government contribution to the cost of coverage (i.e., premium), to Federal employees working full-time on temporary appointments and to certain employees on seasonal and intermittent schedules.