The Coalition has joined numerous other groups in opposing current Congressional Review Act resolutions that would repeal the Utah Regional Haze Rule, an Obama-era EPA regulation aimed at improving the air quality in some of our nation’s most iconic national parks. Click “Read More” to see the text of our letter.
The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks is alarmed at the extent the National Park Service’s budget will be reduced should the President’s budget be adopted. While we have not seen how the Interior Department’s overall 11.7% cut will be allocated between agencies within Interior, should a cut of that magnitude be levied against the NPS and its parks, there will by widespread reductions in programs, operating hours, seasonal and permanent staff, and visitor services.
We urge the Congress to make the investment necessary to appropriately fund the parks – to make them great again. We believe that the National Park Service is worth the investment. It is an investment in America’s future that protects our special places and provides tens of thousands of jobs for those who live nearby. The 300 million people who visit our parks each year will be grateful. Click “Read More” to read Phil Francis’ full testimony for the Committee on Natural Resources on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks.
In an unprecedented reversal of longstanding protection of marine organisms at Acadia National Park, members of Maine’s congressional delegation have introduced legislation that would open the park’s intertidal areas to commercial harvest and aquaculture. Click “Read More” to see our letter to the House Committee on Natural Resources opposing the legislation.
The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks unequivocally objects to any form of dismantling of Bears Ears by this or any administration. On so many levels, it’s just plain wrong for America. Click “Read More” to read the full op-ed.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed two concurrent resolutions passed by the State legislature. One asks the President of the United States to rescind the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument and the second asks Congress to significantly reduce the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Click “Read More” to see our letter of objection to Governor Herbert.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are jointly preparing a management plan that will guide future oil and gas leasing on over 4 million acres of land in northwestern New Mexico, including areas in the vicinity of Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Aztec Ruins National Monument, and other important cultural sites. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s scoping comments to BLM and BIA.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to issue leases in June 2017 for oil and gas development on parcels less than two miles from the west boundary of Zion National Park. Click “Read More” to see our comment letter to BLM.
On December 14, 2016, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington found in the National Park Service’s favor in the case of Wilderness Watch Inc. vs. Sarah Creachbaum, the Superintendent of Olympic National Park, and the National Park Service. This case challenged Olympic National Park’s maintenance of historic structures in the wilderness, and the Court upheld the National Park Service’s decision to maintain all five structures. Click “Read More” to read the full Court opinion.
As the 115th Congress begins session, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks has requested that both the House and Senate fund the National Park Service’s $11.9B Maintenance Backlog. The Coalition strongly believes that failure to provide this important funding will continue to seriously jeopardize our nation’s most important natural and cultural resources, and diminish the experience visitors have at our national park units. We ask CPANP members to also contact their Senators and Representatives, and request they support funding for our National Parks.