The Coalition has joined 450 other organizations in writing President Trump, Interior Secretary Zinke, and Commerce Secretary Ross to express our unified opposition to any efforts by the Trump administration to remove or decrease protections for any national monuments. Click “Read More” to see our joint letter.
The Coalition urges Secretary Zinke to fulfill his promises to the American people to protect those places we most value and resist the efforts of a few to make a profit from our public lands. We believe that our parks and public lands represent the very best of America. Click “Read More” to see our full statement.
While numerous valuable programs and people would be negatively impacted by a shut down, we are particularly concerned about the impact on our national parks, national wildlife refuges, national fish hatcheries, resource conservation areas, national forests, and other special lands and waters where people visit and recreate. Click “Read More” to see our letter to the President and Congress.
A recent order issued by new Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke could result in a major rollback of the NPS “9B” oil and gas regulations and lead to significant increases in drilling for oil and gas in 42 parks. Click “Read More” to see our letter of concern to the Secretary.
A recent Secretarial Order would rollback numerous environmental regulations, including the NPS “9B” oil and gas regulations, which protect park resources from adverse impacts caused by energy extraction activities on public lands near or within parks. Click “Read More” to see our op-ed about the Secretarial Order in The Hill.
Over 50 years after the passage of the Wilderness Act, new legislation proposes to open Congressionally designated wilderness areas to bicycles and other non-motorized wheeled devices. Click “Read More” to see our letter to the House Committee on Natural Resources opposing the legislation.
On March 16, 2017, Denis P. Galvin, former Deputy Director of the National Park Service, represented the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks in testifying to the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands at the Oversight Hearing on Identifying Innovative Infrastructure Ideas for the National Park Service and Forest Service. Click “Read More” to see his full testimony.
Supporting new legislation that facilitates extraction of resources from a national park is a very bad idea and terrible precedent. This is especially so coming out of Acadia — a park and community that are looked to across the U.S. for their history of positive leadership in park protection. We urge others to actively support keeping Acadia’s intertidal zone under the careful stewardship of Acadia National Park. Click “Read More” to read the full op-ed by members Michael Soukup and Mary Foley.
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.