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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Coalition Objects to NPS Hunting Jurisdiction Decision at Grand Teton NP

Except for a legislatively authorized annual elk hunt, other forms of hunting have been strictly prohibited on private inholdings within Grand Teton National Park since 1950. That changed dramatically after an Associate Regional Director issued a letter that has opened the door to big game trophy hunting on these properties within the park. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s letter to NPS Director Jon Jarvis.

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Op-Ed: Protecting America’s Parks

This spring, after nearly 10 years of thinking, talking, searching and hoping, a dream came true for many of us who spent our careers working in national parks. On March 3, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks announced the establishment of the Park Institute of America in collaboration with the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Click “Read More” for the full article.

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Coalition Comments on Director’s Order #21 – Philanthropic Partnerships

The NPS has proposed changes in its servicewide policies related to philanthropic partnerships and fundraising. While the draft guidance is a step in the right direction, it has a number of shortcomings that need to be addressed to make it more effective for both the NPS and its philanthropic partners. Click “Read More” to see our comments.

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Coalition Opposes Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

After 35 years of Federal protection, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued a proposed rule to remove the Greater Yellowstone population of grizzly bears from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. If “delisting” occurs, the surrounding states will classify grizzly bears as game animals, which will allow trophy hunting of grizzlies immediately adjacent to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Click “Read More” to see our comments to FWS.

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A Good Opportunity to Protect Southwest Colorado’s Cultural Legacy

During the NPS’s centennial year, we should seize upon every opportunity to ensure that Southwest Colorado’s national parks and monuments remain protected into the next century. One such opportunity would be for the Bureau of Land Management to prepare a master leasing plan to guide proposed oil and gas leasing near these special places. Click “Read More” to see an Op-Ed by Coalition member Jane Anderson that was published in the Durango Herald on April 16, 2016.

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