Op-Ed: Disconnect Between A Diverse America And Our National Park System

The National Park Service recently celebrated its 100th birthday. In the days leading up to the celebration, NPS director Jonathan Jarvis said that his agency’s goal for the centennial was “to create the next generation of visitors, supporters, and advocates for our national parks and our public lands.” Achieving this goal is critical. Click “Read More” below to read the full op-ed.

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Coalition Opposes Bills that Would Undermine the Antiquities Act and Block New Parks

The Coalition has joined with other advocacy organizations in opposing attacks on the Antiques Act. It is disappointing to see three separate bills to undermine the Antiquities Act – the law which is responsible for originally protecting nearly half of our national parks – being advanced less than a month after our country celebrated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Please click “Read More” to see our concerns.

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Proposed Rule to Amend Cape Hatteras N.S. Special Regulation for Off-Road Vehicle Management

The purpose of this letter is to submit comments on the proposed rule to amend the Seashore’s 2012 special regulations for ORV management found at 36 CFR § 7.58 (c). While some aspects of the proposed changes seem to be adequately justified, we are concerned that other aspects of the proposal are not adequately explained nor justified. Please click “Read More” to see our concerns.

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Op-Ed: Soda Mountain Solar Plan An Environmental Disaster

Silicon Valley is leading the nation’s charge toward renewable energy development by making significant investments and pioneering technological advancements. This is important and commendable. However, in the effort to move toward a sustainable energy future, some companies are failing to seriously consider the size and location of their industrial scale renewable projects. Click “Read More” to read the full op-ed about the proposed Soda Mountain Solar project, published September 9, 2016 in The Mercury News.

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Success Story: Mojave National Preserve Protected by San Bernardino County Decision to Deny Permits for Soda Mountain Solar Project

On August 23, 2016, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors denied issuance of key discretionary permits for the Soda Mountain Solar project under the California Environmental Quality Act. Soda Mountain Solar is proposed to occur less than a mile from Mojave National Preserve, where it would cause major unmitigated impacts to the preserve and the surrounding desert region. Click “Read More” to see how the Coalition’s work led to this success.

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Grand Canyon N.P. – North Rim Hybrid Bison

The Coalition has been told that NEPA compliance may be limited to an Environmental Assessment – Findings of No Significant Impact for a decision that will inevitably have very significant consequences to park resources, and quite likely national implications. Addressing and resolving an issue of this significance clearly requires an EIS, and must be informed by the most comprehensive science available. Click “Read More” to read The Coalition’s letter to the incoming superintendent.

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Regulation on Native American Plant Collection

The new rule provides greater leverage and bargaining power to those who want to take park resources. The Coalition offered substantial comment on the proposed amendments that were published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2015. Click “Read More” to see Coalition’ s letter to Director John Jarvis urging the strongest possible guidance and support from national NPS leadership to assure that park managers limit the scope of plant removal, implement rigorous and appropriate application of NEPA guidelines.

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Protect Clean Air in National Parks

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works toward finalizing a long overdue revision of the Regional Haze Rule, the Coalition and its members continue to advocate for improving air quality and protecting visibility in national parks. Click “Read More” to see Coalition member Chris Shaver’s letter to the editor regarding EPA’s proposed revision to this important air quality regulation.

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Say “No” to Soda Mountain Solar

The Bureau of Land Management has given the go ahead to a massive solar energy development proposed by Soda Mountain Solar, LLC that would be constructed less than a mile from the boundary of Mojave National Preserve. The project threatens important wildlife habitat and migration corridors. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s letter opposing the project to the San Bernadino County Board of Supervisors.

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Coalition Comments on Proposed Regional Haze Rule Amendments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising the Regional Haze Rule, a regulation intended to protect visibility in federally designated Class 1 areas – areas that include 48 national parks. While the proposed rule offers improvements over the current regulation, some aspects of the proposal need to be stronger if the nation is ever going to achieve the Clean Air Act’s long-term goal of “natural visibility” in the Class 1 areas. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s comments to the EPA.

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