We, the undersigned, are writing to express our strongest objections to Secretary Zinke’s reported remarks that 30% of the 70,000 employees at the Department of the Interior are “not loyal to the flag.” The Secretary’s disrespectful remarks were made at the National Petroleum Council meeting in Washington, D.C., on September 25, 2017. Please click “Read More” to see our letter.
On behalf of our members and supporters nationwide, we write in strong opposition to H.R. 3354, the Fiscal Year 2018 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill (“Make America Secure and Prosperous Act, 2018”). Please click “Read More” to see our letter.
In August, over 350 members signed a letter voicing their concern for the alarming number of oil and gas proposals that are advancing next to national parks, as well as broader efforts by the Interior Department to reduce protections for national parks in order to encourage oil and gas drilling. Click “Read More” to read the full letter to Secretary Zinke.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to issue leases in December 2017 for oil and gas development on parcels near Dinosaur National Monument within view of the park’s most popular Visitor Center. Click “Read More” to see our comment letter to BLM.
The Coalition opposes the House FY18 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that includes funding cuts and policy riders that would impact our national parks and their ecosystems. Over the years the budget for our national parks has continued to decline resulting in significant reductions in the parks’ ability to maintain its aging infrastructure, protect and preserve our country’s cultural and natural resources, and to provide visitors with the kind of experience the National Park Service is known for. Click “Read More” to read our letter to the House Committee on Appropriations.
The NPS “9B” oil and gas regulations were revised in 2016 to eliminate outdated exemptions that left the NPS with few effective tools to manage 60% of the oil and gas wells occurring in parks today. Now, under the guise of “regulatory reform,” the Interior Department is conducting a review to determine if the 2016 rule should be changed or repealed. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s comments in support of the updated NPS “9B” regulations.
The Coalition is concerned regarding Secretary Zinke’s stated desire to contract out some services in various parks. We are especially concerned about the reported focus on potential outsourcing of campground management. Please click “Read More” to see our letter to Secretary Zinke.
After a serving only a few months as Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke is conducting a problematic review that will determine the fate of 27 national monuments. Whatever Mr. Zinke decides will inevitably define his legacy as the chief steward of America’s public lands. Click “Read More” to see our comment letter to the Secretary.
The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks recently sent Congress a letter signed by 262 former and current employees of the National Park Service. These Park Service professionals came together to request funding for the National Park Service’s $11.3 billion maintenance backlog. Click “Read More” to see our letter.
The White House has solicited public comments on how to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of agencies within the executive branch of the Federal government. We believe key reforms are needed to ensure the long-term success of the NPS. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s comments.