On June 7, 2017, Maria Burks represented the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks in testifying to the United States Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during a hearing to examine opportunities for “Moving into a Second Century of Service: Working to Improve the National Park Service Workplace Environment.” Click “Read More” to see her full testimony.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.