Issues

Advocating for the protection of our national parks and programs is at the heart of the Coalition’s work. We provide knowledgeable and comprehensive analysis of the issues facing the park system through issue papers, comments, editorials and face-to-face meetings. Our most recent efforts are listed below.


Ninth Circuit Court Ruled In Favor of NPS

The Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of NPS that it is not contrary to the Wilderness Act to repair historic structures in wilderness areas.  The Court ruled that the Wilderness Act itself is ambiguous on the subject and that as a result, the Court should defer to NPS.  The court also agreed with NPS that the onsite rehabilitation work was necessary to serve historic

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Coalition Opposition to DOI Reorganization

The Coalition has sent a letter to Secretary Zinke & Susan Combs voicing our opposition to the proposed reorganization of the Department of the Interior. Click “Read More” to read our letter.

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Coalition Joins Over 50 Groups in Support of Existing Well Control Rule

In 2016, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued the Blowout Preventer and Well Control Rule to address safety concerns about the offshore oil and gas industry that were identified after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Recently, BSEE has proposed revisions that would fundamentally weaken the rule. Click “Read More” to see our joint comment letter opposing the revisions.

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Featured Profiles

Robert G. (Bob) Stanton

During his nearly 40 years of experience with the National Park Service (NPS), Bob Stanton served as a seasonal park ranger, management assistant, park superintendent, deputy regional director, regional director, associate director, and director, giving him a perspective and depth of experience matched by few others.

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Richard (Rick) Cook, 1950-2016

“Hey, it’s West, By God, Virginia” was a phrase more frequently heard from Rick, whether he was recalling his “earlier days” as an ambulance chasing hearse driver, working in the Governor’s Mansion, or writing papers for the U.S. Dept. of State to provide an intellectual base for world wide heritage conservation decisions in a United Nations forum.

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Maureen Finnerty

In her more than thirty year career, Maureen Finnerty was a ground-breaking and widely respected leader whom the National Park Service (NPS) relied upon for advice and counsel on numerous critical issues and functions. A woman consistently ahead of her time, she was the first woman to serve in several NPS positions.

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Hugh C. Miller

Hugh C. Miller. FAIA, FAPT, a 28-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS) served as the service’s second chief historical architect between 1979 and 1988. During that tenure, he was executive architect for the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and principal steward of the many nationally-significant historic buildings and landscapes in the service’s care.

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Rick Smith

Rick Smith started his NPS career in 1959 as a seasonal ranger in Yellowstone National Park (NP) and continued in that role for the next nine summers while he finished his undergraduate work, taught junior high school English and completed a master’s degree in English literature at Michigan State University.

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Christine L. Shaver

“To say that I love national parks and wilderness areas would be an understatement…I dedicated my entire career, from my early days at law school to my former post as head of the National Park Service’s Air Resources Division, to the protection and defense of our national parks and wild places, specifically against the threat of air pollution.” Thus wrote Chris Shaver a few months ago in an op-ed published in The Coloradoan advocating for tougher regulations to protect park air quality.

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