Testimony for Committee on Natural Resources

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.

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Coalition Opposes Opening Acadia’s Intertidal Areas to Commercial Harvest

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.

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State’s Proposals Would Adversely Impact Two National Monuments in Utah

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.

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Caution Urged for Oil and Gas Plan Near Chaco Culture NHP

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.

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Wilderness Watch v. Creachbaum Court Decision

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.

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CPANP Urges Senate and House Leaders to Fund NPS Maintenance Backlog

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.

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Investing in Our National Park Service: A Proposal for the Transition Team

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.

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Proposed Dominion Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton Transmission Line Project

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.

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