The National Parks Conservation Association, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, and Park Rangers for Our Lands are the leading voices of the American people in protecting our National Park System from harmful side-effects of oil and gas development. On behalf of our more than one million members and supporters nationwide, we write to urge you to consider our positions on these bills when they come before the subcommittee on May 14, 2015.
The purpose of the proposed action is to review and modify, as appropriate, wildlife buffers necessary to protect a species, and to designate pedestrian and vehicle corridors around areas of the Seashore closed because of wildlife buffers, as required by the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (the Act). We submit the following comments regarding Alternative B, the National Park Service (NPS) Preferred Alternative, as it is described in the environmental assessment (EA).
The Coalition strongly encourages the United States Congress to act without delay and reauthorize the full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which will expire later this year. This essential program to continue to address our nation’s conservation and recreation needs.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today laid out how her department will continue to execute the president’s all-of-the-above energy approach. The plan calls for coupling ramped-up production with additional protective measures, including forthcoming rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands and increasing industry fees to permit and inspect projects.
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.