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.
Dominion Virginia Power proposes to construct 44 massive electric transmission towers across the James River within close sight of historic Jamestown Island, arguably one of our nation’s most historically significant places. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering whether to issue the permit needed for Dominion Virginia to proceed. Click “Read More” to see Pat Tiller’s powerful opinion-editorial in the Washington Post about this troubling proposal.
Based on deference to agency discretion, a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision sided with the NPS in a lawsuit filed by conservation groups over the controversial 2011 general management plan for the Preserve’s Addition lands. Despite the affirmation of the NPS plan, the court also held that the NPS Organic Act’s “conservation mandate” applies at all units of the National Park System, in stark contrast to the “multiple use mandate” that had been described for the Preserve in a lower court ruling. Please click “Read More” to see our letter to Superintendent Tammy Whittington regarding the court decision.
“The companies that own and operate a Greek shipping vessel were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington, to a $1.3 million fine for the dumping of oily waste at sea. . .In addition to the $1.3 million fine, U.S. District Judge Coughenour ordered a $200,000 community service payment to be shared between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Parks Foundation.”