Statement of Phil Francis, Chair of The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, on the Partial Government Shutdown: “We are deeply concerned about the decision by the Trump Administration and
With a potential shutdown of the federal government looming, former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff and public lands and environmental advocates hosted a press call to discuss the ramifications of
Republican-Controlled Congress Fails to Save LWCF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 20 December 2018 Following the passage of a continuing resolution bill, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks released the following
In an op-ed published in National Parks Traveler, the Coalition calls for the NPS to reform the system it uses to educate its employees on how to work with fundraising partner
In a recent article about the pending departure of the Secretary of the Interior, Coalition Chair Phil Francis says “it is time for change.” Click here to see full article.
A partial shutdown of the federal government is looking more and more likely. The Coalition is strongly opposed to a government shutdown, which threatens to bring harm to our resources, visitors, and employees.
Secretary Zinke’s resignation is an opportunity for the current Administration to reconsider our country’s priorities for use of our public lands. Coalition Chair Phil Francis says, “I’m hopeful that Secretary Zinke’s departure marks a new chapter in the story of America’s parks and public lands. During his time as Secretary, our national parks faced unprecedented threats and suffered from a clear lack of support. Now, the current administration must seize this opportunity to appoint a leader who will listen to the needs of those on the ground, work in partnership with the stewards of our public lands, and passionately advocate for the protection of our national parks.” Click “Read More” to read our full statement.
The Coalition and NPCA have filed an amici curiae brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of a lawsuit challenging the NPS’s decision to allow a natural gas pipeline to be constructed across the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Click “Read More” for additional information.
The Coalition has submitted comments to Superintendent Cash on shortcomings in the GRSM environmental assessment on Sochan gathering in the park. Click “Read More” to read our letter to the Superintendent.
The Coalition was among over 90 groups who signed a joint letter in opposition to H.R. 6687, which would endanger the Tule elk of Point Reyes National Seashore. Click here
Phil Francis spoke with the Washington Post about the concerning makeup of the new National Park System Advisory Board. “I hope the agenda will be comprehensive, and not just items consistent with business interests,” Francis said, emphasizing the need for members to view their job as more than just promoting outdoor recreation and managing park concessions. Click Read More for the full article.
The National Parks Second Century Action Coalition, wrote in support of S. 3172/H.R. 6510, Restore Our Parks Act/Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act and final passage in the 115th Congress. Click “Read More” to read our letter and view the photobook delivered to Congress.
CPANP has weighed in on the ethics issues that are currently front and center for the NPS and has called for the agency to undertake far-reaching and detailed reforms to the system it uses to educate its own employees on how to work with donor and partner organizations to raise badly needed support for the nation’s national parks. Click “Read More” to read our recent press release.
There is legislation pending in Congress that would give the National Park Service (NPS) the authority to allow construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline beneath the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway, endangering the cultural and natural resources contained within the boundaries of both units of the National Park System. Click Read More for our full statement, issued in opposition to this proposed change.
Over 20 years after Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was established to conserve the area’s diverse resources, President Trump issued a proclamation that cut the monument’s size by half. Now the Bureau of Land Management proposes to manage the reduced monument as a typical “multiple use” area. Click “Read More” to see the joint comment letter submitted to BLM by the Coalition and NPCA.
Every year, Congress makes decisions that impact our national parks and public lands… and these decisions impact you. We need your help to reach out to members of Congress and advocate for these precious resources. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. We put together an advocacy toolkit to help you reach out to policymakers and join in the fight to protect our parks.
The Coalition has sent a letter to Acting Director Dan Smith on the necessity of establishing a training program in regards to employee relations with donors and partners. To read our letter, click “Read More”.
The Coalition, NPCA, Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club have jointly filed a reply brief with the Interior Department Board of Land Appeals as part of their challenge to BLM’s decision to grant a right-of-way for the Eagle Crest Pumped Storage Project near Joshua Tree National Park. Click “Read More” to see the reply brief.
Congress has failed to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), despite widespread public support for our nation’s primary source for preserving nationally significant public lands and providing recreational opportunities in communities across the country. As the Voice of Experience, we know firsthand how important the LWCF is to national parks and other public lands. Click “Read More” to read our letter to Congress, sent in partnership with those who have worked for the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife, and the Bureau of Land Management.
The Coalition has sent a letter to Senators Murkowski and Cantwell to urge suspension of further action on H.R. 6687, a bill that would circumvent established processes and mandate that the National Park Service issue long-term leases to continue commercial cattle ranching operations in Point Reyes National Seashore and the northern portion of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.