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.
The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks has prepared three papers with recommendations to address the most critical issues facing our parks in the next four years. These issues are Effective Leadership and Development, Funding for Infrastructure and Staffing, and Partnership Opportunities. Click “Read More” to read the full proposal.
This follows up on our January 26, 2016, letter opposing Dominion Virginia Power’s (Dominion) proposed Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton project. Based upon credible new evidence, at least four viable alternatives exist to Dominion’s ill-conceived proposal. There is no compelling need to construct high transmission towers across the James River in close proximity to Jamestown Island – a unit of the U.S. National Park System and arguably one of America’s most historically significant sites. Click “Read More” to read the full letter.
The NPS has recently approved the Final Moose-Wilson Corridor Comprehensive Management Plan for Grand Teton National Park. The plan provides a cautious approach to management that protects wildlife and important habitat along the corridor, despite tremendous political pressure from state and local officials to develop the corridor for increased recreational use. Click “Read More” for more information about the plan.
When Rolf Diamant was old enough to get his driver’s license, he hopped in a borrowed station wagon with a friend, loaded up some sleeping bags and started driving across the country to California. Badlands. Mesa Verde. Every little park in between. Nora Mitchell was the self-proclaimed “travel bug” in her family, but they would together often camp and hike in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Millions of Americans and international visitors have formed their own stories in our national parks, rooted in wonder. Years ago, at the base of Yosemite Falls, I watched my daughter and her close-knit group of friends grow in their passion for nature at the park where I met and eventually married my husband. Our national parks provide us with priceless memories and inspiration, and yet, these magnificent places are struggling from years of inadequate funding due to inaction by Congress.
The Coalition applauds the transfer of 20,000 acres of the Eagle Mountain lands from BLM back to Joshua Tree National Park. However, the Eagle Crest Pumped Storage Project remains a major threat to the park’s resources. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s op-ed in The Desert Sun.
BLM has issued an environmental assessment (EA) for the next phase of a controversial electric energy production facility to be located immediately adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park. The EA falls short in its analysis of potentially significant impacts to the park and its wildlife and groundwater resources. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s comments to the BLM.