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.


Coalition Supports Passage of S. 3172

The Coalition sent a letter of support to Chairman Senator Murkowski of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, urging for passage of S. 3172 and work towards addressing the maintenance backlog. Click “read more” to see the letter.

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Miami Herald: For Florida’s sake, protect the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Coalition member, Maureen Finnerty, penned a Letter to the Editor (LTE) of the Miami Herald expressing the need to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund before it expires on September 30th. Click “read more” to see the LTE.

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Interior Department Proposes to Weaken Critical Offshore Oil and Gas Regulation

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement proposes to revise the Blowout Preventer and Well Control Rule in order “to ease the regulatory burden” on the offshore oil and gas industry. The current rule was issued in 2016 to address industry shortcomings identified after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Click “Read More” to see our comments on the proposed rule.

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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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