CPANP Letterhead

1.25.2021

The Honorable Joseph R. Biden
President of the United States

The Honorable Debra Haaland
Secretary-designate
Department of the Interior

Dear President Biden and Secretary-designate Haaland,

Congratulations on your election victory. We look forward to working with you to preserve and protect America’s national parks.

We are writing on behalf of over 1,800 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), a non-profit organization composed of retired, former, or current employees of the National Park Service (NPS). The Coalition studies, educates, speaks, and acts for the preservation of America’s National Park System. As a group, we collectively represent over 40,000 years of experience managing and protecting America’s most precious and important natural and historic resources. Among our members are former NPS directors, regional directors, superintendents, resource specialists, rangers, maintenance and administrative staff, and a full array of other former employees, volunteers, and supporters.

We, the undersigned, are writing today to voice our support for a moratorium on new oil and gas drilling on public lands and waters. Not only does drilling contribute to our greater climate crises – the fossil fuels that are extracted on public lands and waters account for nearly a quarter of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions it is a threat to the protection of our national parks.

Oil and gas drilling on public lands – often on the doorstep of national parks – jeopardizes critical species habitat, endangers resources, and compromises the dark skies and scenic viewsheds that surround our parks. It is a threat not only to the protection of our parks but to the quality of the visitor experience. We must stop new drilling on our public lands and waters to avoid further harm to our country’s precious and irreplaceable natural and cultural resources.

We are heartened by your campaign pledge to halt new oil and gas drilling on our country’s public lands and waters. Now, we urge you to take bold and immediate action on this pledge to ensure the protection of our national parks and public lands for Americans today, and for generations to come.

Sincerely,

The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Executive Council:

Phil Francis, Chair
Michael Allen
Sarah G. Allen
Brenda Barrett
Sarah Bransom
Maria Burks
Russell Galipeau
Rebecca Harriett
Don Hellmann
Michael Murray
Don Neubacher
Jim Northup
Richard Ring
Chris Soller
Sheridan Steele

Signatures of Coalition Members (retired):

Alan D. Hollister
Alexander J. McMahon
Alison J Thompson
Alister Shanks
Amy Vanderbilt
Ann Baugh
Ann Childress
Anndevoy Ryan
Anne Cully
Anne Worthington
B. Riley McClelland
Barbara J. Griffin
Barbara Maynes
Barry T. Sullivan
Bernard Fagan
Bill Pierce
Bonnie Winslow
Brian C. Kenner
Brian Forist
Bruce Douglas McKeeman
Bruce W Bytnar
Carl Hinrichs
Carl L. Stapler
Carl S. Christensen
Carol Kruse
Caroline Ailanthus
Caroline Keinath
Cary P. Carlson
Cathleen J. Cook
Charles D Jacobi
Charles L Higgins
Charles Schultheis
Charles W. Kirby, Ph.D.
Cherry Payne
Cheryl Schreier
Chris Seymour
Christine L. Korsmo
Christine McNeil
Chuck Arning
Clyde Stonaker
Cordell Roy
Courtney Hotchkiss
Craig C. Axtell
Crystal Muzik
Cynthia M. Holda
D Scott Hartwig
Dan Moses
Daniel J. Jenner
Daniel Taylor
Daphne Hatch
David B Shaver
David B. Ames
David C Hartman
David Donohue
David Forney
David H Wallace
David Hollenberg
David Holmes
David Mills
David N. Given
David R. Stuart
David Roberts
Dawn M Foy
Dean Reeder
Deena Barlev
Demica Vigil
Denis M Osowski
Denis P. Galvin
Dennis Burnett
Dennis Divoky
Dennis Hanson
Denny Huffman
Diane E. Banta
Diane T. Liggett
Dominic Nessi
Don Neubacher
Donald Hellmann
Donald L Jackson
Donald M. Fox
Dorothy A Davis
Douglas DeNio
Doyle Nelson
Dr. Patricia Corry
Edward D Carlin Sr
Edward P Walzer
Edward Souza
Edwin L. Rothfuss
Eileen Loughran
Elaine F. Leslie
Elaine Pisani
Elizabeth Hastings
Elizabeth Janes
Elizabeth Snyder
Elizabeth Van Zandt
Ella Rayburn
Emilee Martell
Emily Prud'homme
Emily Thompson
Erik R. Hauge
Frances J Rutter
Frank J. Deckert
Fred Herling
Fred J Fagergren
G. Michael Sutton
Gary Cummins
Gary E. Davis
Gary G Brandow
Gary L Williams
George Alderson
George Buckingham
George H. Bowen
Gilbert Blinn
Gilbert Soper
Ginny Rousseau
Gordon Vincent Gay
H. Bryan Mitchell
Hal J Grovert
Harry A. DeLashmutt
Helen S Hossley
Isak Kvam
J. Douglas Cuillard
J. Mel Poole
J. Scott Harmon
J. W. Wade
Jack E Stark
Jack Potter
Jack Ramsden
James Brandi
James C Roach
James Campbell, PhD
James Corless
James E Wimberly
James L Hummel
James M. Brady
James Perkins
James Zinck
Janet Wise
Janet Wolf
Janis Kozlowski
Jeffrey Sussman
Jerry Freilich PhD
Jervis D Swannack iii
Jimmy Groton
Joan Anzelmo
Joel B. Schwartz
John Chao
John E. Hunter
John F Chapman
John F. Byrne
John J Reynolds
John P. Debo, Jr.
John Richard Erisman
John W. Hiscock
Jon Boyce
Jonathan D Lewis
Jonathan W. Bayless
Joseph Aull
Joseph H Finan
Joseph Lee Boyle
Joy Warren
Justin Berthiaume
Karen G. Rehm
Karl Christopher Soller
Katherine C. Ziegenfus
Katherine Stevenson
Kathleen Clossin
Kathryn Eileen Tustanowski
Kathryn S. Brett
Kathy Tonnessen, Ph.D.
Keith B. Dunbar
Kenneth E. Apschnikat
Kent Bullard
Kent Cave
Kevin Melfi
Kim E. Sikoryak
Kim Watson
Larry B. Thomas
Larry Kilborn
Larry Thomas
Larry Walling
Laura Rotegard
Lawrence Beal
Leon L. Folsom, Jr.
Leonard W. McKenzie
Leslie Starr Hart
Linda Alick
Linda L. West
Luke E. Dalton
Lynda C Doucette
Lynn D Jamison
Lynn Wightman
M. Susan Hurst
Marcia Keener
Margaret Dolinich
Maria Burks
Marilyn Meyer
Mark Butler
Mark Kelleher
Mark Ruggiero
Mary Anne Richards
Mary D. Partsch
Mary E. Caress
Mary G Martin
Mary Jones
Mary Miller Chapman
Matthew Provost
Meredith M Kaplan
Michael B. Murray
Michael Budig
Michael K. Johnson
Michael Molling
Michael Piraino
Michael Rees
Michael Tollefson
Mike Wrigley
Miriam Hornstein
Nancy Stone
Neil R. Korsmo
Nelson Siler
Nicholas Carson
Nicholas J Eason
Norah Martinez
Norman D. Hellmers
Olav V. Olsen
Oron L. Bass, Jr.
Pamela Underhill
Patricia Ashley
Patrick H Reed
Patrick J. McCabe
Paul B Cole, III
Paul F. Haertel
Paul Henderson
Paul R. Anderson
Paulette Mullinax
Pete Nigh
Peter C Fitzmaurice
Peter D. Rhyins
Phil Brueck
Philip S Heckman
Philip Selleck
Phyllis Ellin
Ralph G Mihan
Randi Smith
Randolph Elmquist
Rebecca M. Post
Rebecca Mills
Richard Bryant
Richard C. Curry
Richard Cronenberger
Richard D Falb
Richard E Wells
Richard H Martin
Richard Smith
Rick Jones
Rick L. Mossman
Robert Arnberger
Robert G Burns
Robert Joseph Abrell
Robert King
Robert R. Martin
Roberta Barrows
Roberta D'Amico
Ronald A. Wilson
Ronald Thoman
Russ Ludwick
Samuel M. Weddle
Sanford P. Rabinowitch
Sarah Bransom
Sarah Peskin
Sarah Pisani
Scott Chapman
Scott Emerson Tilley
Scott Sticha
Sharon C Miles
Shirley M. Clark
Stephanie Gibert
Stephen R. Bruner
Stephen W. Hastings
Steve Pittleman
Steven Golden
Steven Harrison
Steven Kesselman
Sue Consolo-Murphy
Sue Jennings
Ted Stout
Terrence D. Moore
Terry Savage
Thomas A. Cherry
Thomas Allen Smith
Thomas D. Thiessen
Thomas E. Lubbert
Thomas L. Habecker
Thomas P. Workman
Thomas W. Sweeney
Timothy Ingalsbee
Timothy J. Oliverius
Todd Bolton
Tom Haraden
Tom Lorig
Tom Patterson
Tom Ribe
Tonnie Cummings
Vaughn Baker
Vito Spinale
Walter J Chavez
Warren E Bielenberg
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Wendy Artz
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