Coalition Supports Establishing Owyhee Canyonlands National Monument

  March 20, 2024 President Joe Biden 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500 The Honorable Ron Wyden 221 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Jeff Merkley 531 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Subject: Support for an Owyhee Canyonlands National Monument Dear President Biden, Senator Wyden, and Senator Merkley: We

Coalition Submits Comments on the Everglades National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan

    ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION – NO HARD COPY TO FOLLOW   March 20, 2024   Superintendent Pedro Ramos Attn: Wilderness Stewardship Plan    Everglades National Park  40001 State Road 9336  Homestead, FL 33034    Subject:  Everglades Wilderness Stewardship Plan   Dear Superintendent Ramos:   I am writing on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the

Coalition Joins Opposition to H.R. 5499, the Congressional Oversight of the Antiquities Act

March 20, 2024 Representative Bruce Westerman, Chairman Representative Raúl Grijalva, Ranking Member House Committee on Natural Resources 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Re: H.R. 5499, Congressional Oversight of the Antiquities Act Dear Chairman Westerman and Ranking Member Grijalva, On behalf of the undersigned organizations and our millions of members across the country,

Coalition Speaks with NPT About President’s FY 2025 Budget Request

  President’s FY25 Budget Request For National Park Service “Disappointing” By Kurt Repanshek – March 12th, 2024 Cuts in visitor interpretation and education, not enough money for employee pay raises or to replace jobs lost by past years’ cuts, and less money for replacing worn out equipment are among the troubling areas of President Biden’s

Coalition Concerned Over Impending NPS Budget Cuts

  For release: March 5, 2023 Contact: Emily Thompson Coalition Concerned Over Impending NPS Budget Cuts House and Senate Appropriations Committees finally released several appropriations bills, which will need to pass the full House and Senate this week to prevent a partial government shutdown. One of the six bills passed by committees includes the Department

Coalition Comments on Compromise Budget That Will Cut $150 Million From NPS

The National Park Service, already struggling to meet staffing and operational needs, will be saddled with a $150 million cut to its current budget if Congress approves a Senate-House compromise spending plan released by the two chambers’ appropriations committees. Additionally, the bills don’t provide any additional funds to help parks cover a 5.2 percent federal pay

Coalition Thanks Senator Van Hollen and Representative Sarbanes on Supporting S. 2620 and H.R. 5045, the Chesapeake National Recreation Area Act

  February 27, 2024 The Honorable Chris Van Hollen U.S. Senate 730 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable John Sarbanes U.S. House of Representatives 2370 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 RE: Support for the Chesapeake National Recreation Area S. 2620 and H.R. 5045 Dear Senator Van Hollen and Representative Sarbanes:

Coalition Urges Congress to Swiftly Pass a Spending Plan that Prioritizes the Protection of Parks and Public Lands

  For release: February 26, 2024 Contact: Emily Thompson, Em************@pr********.org Coalition Urges Congress to Swiftly Pass a Spending Plan that Prioritizes the Protection of Parks and Public Lands With a potential shutdown of the federal government looming on the horizon, our national parks and public lands are once again at risk. Congress has only a

Coalition Supports Dearfield Special Resource Study

The National Park Service (NPS) is conducting a Special Resource Study of the historic Dearfield settlement in Weld County, Colorado, to identify whether it meets the criteria recommended for potential inclusion as a unit of the national park system. Dearfield was established by Oliver Toussaint Jackson in 1910 and was the most prominent African American homesteading settlement

Coalition Supports Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park Visitor Use Management Plan

  February 14, 2024 Tracy Stakely Superintendent Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park 1214 Middle Street Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 Subject: Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie Dock Replacement Environmental Assessment Dear Superintendent Stakely: I am writing on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who

Coalition Urges Director Sams to Keep Yosemite National Park Childcare Center Open

  The Honorable Charles Sams Director National Park Service 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 2024 February 12, 2024 Dear Director Sams, I am writing on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), an organization made up of more than 2,500 former, retired, and current National Park Service (NPS) employees and volunteers.

Coalition Provides Comments on Big Bend Livestock Plan Implementation

January 26, 2024 Kate Hammond Regional Director National Park Service 12795 West Alameda Parkway Denver, CO 80225 Subject: 2018 Big Bend Livestock Plan Implementation Dear Regional Director Hammond: I am writing on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent more than 45,000 years of

Coalition Comments on Use of Fixed Anchors and Fixed Equipment in National Park Service Wilderness Areas

  January 25, 2024 Roger Semler Wilderness Stewardship Division Manager National Park Service 1849 C Street NW, MS–2457 Washington, DC 20240 Subject: Evaluation and Authorization Procedures for Fixed Anchors and Fixed Equipment in National Park Service Wilderness Areas Dear Mr. Semler: I am writing on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the Coalition to

Coalition Provides Comments on Historic Structure Demolition at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

  January 15, 2024 Charles Sellars Superintendent New River Gorge National Park and Preserve National Park Service Post Office Box 246 104 Main Street Glen Jean, WV 25846 Re: Excess Structures and Deferred Maintenance Dear Superintendent Sellars: I write to you on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National

Coalition Supports Public Meeting Advancing the Expansion of Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

  Release Date: December 13, 2023 Media Contact: Emily Thompson Coalition Supports Public Meeting Advancing the Expansion of Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks issued a statement of support for the public meeting held on the expansion of Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument and the permanent protection of Molok

Coalition Joins General Support Letter for Senate FY 24 Interior Appropriations Bill

December 13, 2023 The Honorable Chuck Schumer Senate Majority Leader The Honorable Mitch McConnell Senate Minority Leader The Honorable Patty Murray Chair, Committee on Appropriations The Honorable Susan Collins Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations The Honorable Jeff Merkley Chair, Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee The Honorable Lisa Murkowski Ranking Member, Interior, Environment  Appropriations

Coalition and NPCA Provide Comments on Rocky Mountain National Park Long-Range Day Use Visitor Access Strategy and Environmental Assessment

  December 13, 2023 Gary Ingram, Superintendent Rocky Mountain National Park 1000 US Highway 36 Estes Park, Colorado 80517 RE: Rocky Mountain National Park Long-Range Day Use Visitor Access Strategy and Environmental Assessment Dear Superintendent Ingram: On behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and our nearly 1.6 million members and supporters nationwide, including

Coalition Supports Quick Review of the Federal Retirement Fairness Act (H.R. 5995)

  December 8, 2023         The Honorable James Comer, Chairman House Committee on Oversight and Accountability 2157 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515   The Honorable Jamie Raskin, Ranking Member House Committee on Oversight and Accountability 2157 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515   The Honorable Pete Sessions, Chairman House

Coalition Comments on Director’s Order 36: Housing Management

  December 5, 2023 Mike Caldwell Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities, and Lands National Park Service 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20240 Subject: Comments on Director’s Order #36: Housing Management (D.O. 36) Dear Associate Director Caldwell: I write to you on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National

Coalition Opposes Harmful Oil and Gas Riders in House FY 24 Interior Appropriations Bill

December 1, 2023 The Honorable Chuck Schumer Senate Majority Leader  The Honorable Mitch McConnell Senate Minority Leader  The Honorable Patty Murray Chair, Committee on Appropriations  The Honorable Susan Collins Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations  Dear Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Chair Murray, and Ranking Member Collins: On behalf of the forty-two undersigned national and

The Coalition and NPCA Provide Comments on Arches National Park Visitor Use, Access, and Experience Planning

  December 1, 2023 Arches National Park 2282 SW Resource Blvd. Moab, UT 84532 RE: Arches National Park Visitor Use, Access, and Experience Planning Dear Arches National Park, On behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) — and our nearly 1.6 million members and supporters nationwide — and the Coalition to Protect America’s National

Member Op-Ed: California’s majestic desert must be preserved. This proposal can help.

  As the former superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park — and a 38-year career employee for the National Park Service — I have seen the undeniable benefits that come with conserving our public lands. Nowhere has this become more clear than in the California desert, where conservation efforts have nurtured a growing and sustainable

Coalition Comments on Theodore Roosevelt National Park Livestock Plan

            November 20, 2023 Angie Richman Superintendent Theodore Roosevelt National Park PO Box 7 Medora, ND 58645 Subject: Comments on Theodore Roosevelt National Park Livestock Plan Dear Superintendent Richman: I write to you on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who

Coalition Comments on Upholding Civil Service Protections and Merit System Principles

  November 16, 2023 Office of Personnel Management 1900 E Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20415 Ref:  RIN 320 –AO56 Proposed Rule Upholding Civil Service Protections and Merit System Principles  Dear Office of Personnel Management: The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, the Association of National Park Rangers, and the National Parks Conservation Association submit these

Coalition Chair Comments on the Taking of Eagles From Valles Caldera National Preserve For Cultural Purposes

Update | Jemez Pueblo Quickly Given OK To Take Eagles From Valles Caldera National Preserve By Kurt Repanshek – November 8th, 2023 NPT Editor’s note: This updates with comments from Mike Murray, chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks. In a move viewed as unprecedented and apparently against agency regulations, National Park Service

Coalition Submits Comments on North Cascades N.P Draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Management Plan

  November 8, 2023 Don Striker Superintendent North Cascades National Park Service Complex 810 State Route 20 Sedro Woolley, WA 98284 Subject: Draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Management Plan Dear Superintendent Striker: I write on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent some 45,000 years

 Coalition Supports Public Meeting Advancing the Expansion of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

  Release Date: November 8, 2023 Media Contact: Emily Thompson, Em************@pr********.org Coalition Supports Public Meeting Advancing the Expansion of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument The USDA Forest Service held a listening session to hear from the local community about efforts to advance the expansion of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. The locally driven

Coalition Opposes the U.S. House of Representatives FY24 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

 October 31, 2023  Dear Members of Congress,  We, the members of the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition, and friends of the coalition urge you to oppose the U.S. House of Representatives Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The bill cuts the National Park Service (NPS) budget by $433 million

Coalition Signs On in Opposition to House Interior Appropriations Bill

October 25, 2023 United States House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Re: Please oppose H.R. 4821, the 2024 interior bill, which would eviscerate environmental protections, decimate historic climate progress in the Inflation Reduction Act, green light harmful poison pill anti-environmental riders, and so much more Dear Representative, On behalf of our millions of members and

Coalition Comments on Visitor Use Management at Grand Teton National Park

  October 5, 2023 Chip Jenkins Superintendent Grand Teton National Park Post Office Drawer 170 Moose, WY 83012 Subject: Comments on Visitor Use Management at Grand Teton National Park Dear Superintendent Jenkins: I write to you on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent

Coalition Offers Comments on Visitor Use Management at Glacier National Park

  September 28, 2023 Dave Roemer Superintendent Post Office Box 128 West Glacier, MT 59936 Subject: Comments on Visitor Use Management at Glacier National Park Dear Superintendent Roemer: I am writing to you on behalf of over 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent more than 45,000 years

Op-Ed: To Protect National Parks, We Must Take Urgent Climate Action Now

  Op-Ed | To Protect National Parks, We Must Take Urgent Climate Action Now By Mike Murray, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks National parks are among America’s most beloved institutions, yet they face a grave threat. Climate change is here, and we need to act quickly to protect our parks from its worst consequences.

Coalition Comments on Potential Government Shutdown and Parks

  Going to the Airport Soon? A Government Shutdown Could Snarl Your Plans TSA, air-traffic-control and customs staffers would be required to keep working, but fliers should prepare for delays By Allison Pohle Updated Sept. 26, 2023 at 11:47 am ET Travelers are wondering whether a potential U.S. government shutdown would thwart their upcoming flights

Coalition Supports Chuckwalla National Monument

   Release Date: September 25, 2023 Media Contact: Emily Thompson, Em************@pr********.org Coalition Supports Chuckwalla National Monument and Joshua Tree National Park Expansion Elected officials and local community leaders have launched a campaign urging President Biden to use the Antiquities Act to designate Chuckwalla National Monument and protect lands adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park. “The

Coalition Urges Congress to Pass a Continuing Resolution and Invest in Public Lands

September 22, 2023 Dear Members of Congress, We, the members of the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition, and friends of the coalition write to express our strong support for a continuing resolution to keep our government open until Congress can pass Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) spending bills that invest in our parks, forests and

Coalition Comments on Point Reyes National Seashore Tomales Point Area Plan

  September 21, 2023 Craig Kenkel Superintendent 1 Bear Valley Road Point Reyes National Seashore Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 Subject: Comments on Scoping for Tomales Point Area Plan Dear Superintendent Kenkel: I am writing on behalf of over 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent more than

Coalition Comments on IG Review of NPS Maintenance Backlog

  IG Report: National Park Service Can’t Effectively Manage Maintenance Backlog ByKurt Repanshek September 20th, 2023 The National Park Service can’t successfully manage its multi-billion-dollar maintenance backlog “due to inaccurate and unreliable data” that has made it impossible to accurately state the cost of the backlog, according to the Interior Department’s Inspector General, though the

Coalition Comments on Yosemite Visitor Access Management Plan

  September 6, 2023 Cicely Muldoon Superintendent P.O. Box 577 Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 Subject: Comments on Visitor Access Management Plan for Yosemite National Park Dear Superintendent Muldoon: I am writing to you on behalf of over 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent more than 45,000

Conservation Organizations Comments on the Proposed Stationary Source Permit to Operate for WestRock Virginia, LLC – Covington

  August 30, 2023 Erin Rau Air Permit Writer DEQ Blue Ridge Regional Office 901 Russell Drive Salem, VA 24153 Re: Conservation Organizations Comments on the Proposed Stationary Source Permit to Operate for WestRock Virginia, LLC – Covington Dear Ms. Rau: National Parks Conservation Association, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, and Virginia Conservation Network

Coalition Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Bison Management

  September 5, 2023 Cameron Sholly, Superintendent Attn: Bison Management Plan P.O. Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 Subject:  Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Bison Management Dear Superintendent Sholly: I am writing on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent more

Coalition Signs on in Support of Additional Protections for Minidoka NHS

          October 10, 2023 The Honorable Deb Haaland Secretary U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20240 Dear Secretary Haaland: We are Japanese American and Alaska Native survivors, who were wrongfully incarcerated during World War II at Minidoka. We are joined by Minidoka descendants and allies. We

Coalition Submits Comments on Bandelier National Monument Proposed Air Tour Management Plan and Environmental Assessment

    July 31, 2023   Mr. Patrick Suddath, Superintendent Bandelier National Monument 15 Entrance RD Los Alamos, NM 87544   Subject:  Bandelier National Monument Proposed Air Tour Management Plan and Environmental Assessment   Dear Superintendent Suddath:    I am writing on behalf of over 2,400 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks

Coalition Celebrates Designation of the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument

Release Date: July 25, 2023 Media Contact: Emily Thompson, Em************@pr********.org Coalition Celebrates Designation of the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument Today, on the anniversary of Emmett Till’s birth, President Biden used his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate a new national monument honoring Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley. The Monument will span

Coalition Strongly Opposes H.R. 3025 – To provide for no net increase in the total acreage of Federal land in the Virgin Islands National Park

  Statement for the Record Michael B. Murray Chair of the Executive Council, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Subcommittee on Federal Lands, Committee on Natural Resources U.S. House of Representatives Hearing on H.R. 3025, to provide for no net increase in the total acreage of Federal land in the Virgin Islands National Park on

Coalition Supports Expansion of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

  Release Date: June 26, 2023 Media Contact: Emily Thompson, Em************@pr********.org Coalition Supports Expansion of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Today, Representative Judy Chu and Senator Alex Padilla of California have asked President Biden to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to add over 109,000 acres to the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

New Report by Former National Park Service Leaders Highlights the Lasting Impact of National Monuments and Sites in Need of Protection

New Report by Former National Park Service Leaders Highlights the Lasting Impact of National Monuments and Sites in Need of Protection An Updated Report by Former National Park Service Leaders is Released on the 117th Anniversary of the Antiquities Act, a Critical Tool to Protect and Conserve America’s Public Lands WASHINGTON, DC — In an

Coalition Joins Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon NM NGO Letter of Support

Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument Support June 6, 2023 President Joe Biden The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Biden: We express our strong support for the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition and its request that you issue a proclamation to establish the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand

Coalition Applauds Protections for Chaco Landscape

  Release Date: June 5, 2023 Media Contact: Emily Thompson Em************@pr********.org 202-758-3936 Last week, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland ordered a 20-year mineral withdrawal of public lands within a 10-mile radius of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park (NHP). This action will help to protect the cultural and historic resources surrounding Chaco Culture NHP

Letter of Support for the Proposed Rule on Hunting and Trapping in Alaska’s National Preserves

  May 30, 2023 The Honorable Shannon Estenoz Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington, DC  20240 Subject:  National Park Service Proposed Rule on Hunting and Trapping in National Preserves in Alaska Dear Assistant Secretary Estenoz: As former federal and state officials who are

Coalition Joins Opposition to HR 1380 (PARC Act)

Alliance for the Wild Rockies • Animals Are Sentient Beings • Bitterroot Audubon • Blue Ridge Land Conservancy • Bozeman Broadband, Great Old Broads for Wilderness • California Chaparral Institute • Californians for Western Wilderness • Center for Biological Diversity • Central Virginia Land Conservancy • Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks • Conservation Congress

Coalition Chair on Conservation and Air Tours at Mount Rushmore

Aerial tours of Mount Rushmore could soon be grounded There is currently a proposal by the National Parks Service and the Federal Trade Aviation Administration seeking public input on whether air tours for Mount Rushmore and the Badlands should be eliminated. By Juliana Alford Published: May. 16, 2023   RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) – When

NPT Update: National Parks Proposing To Ban, Significantly Cut Back Commercial Air Tours

  By Kurt Repanshek – May 15th, 2023 NPT Editor’s note: This updates with comments from Mike Murray, chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks. Proposed air tour management plans for units of the National Park System released Monday range from a ban on the overflights to greatly reduced numbers of allowed flights,

Statement for the Record of Michael B. Murray, Chair of the Executive Council, CPANP to Committee on Natural Resources Legislative Hearing on the “Save Our Sequoias Act”

  Statement for the Record Michael B. Murray Chair of the Executive Council, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Committee on Natural Resources United States House of Representatives Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2989, the “Save Our Sequoias Act” May 10, 2023 Chairman Westerman, Ranking Member Grijalva, and members of the Committee, I am Michael B.

Statement for the Record of Michael B. Murray Chair of the Executive Council to The National Parks Committee on The President’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request for the National Park Service

  Statement for the Record Michael B. Murray Chair of the Executive Council, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Subcommittee on National Parks Committee on Energy and Natural Resources United States Senate The President’s Budget Request for the National Park Service for Fiscal Year 2024 May 10, 2023 Chairman King, Ranking Member Daines, and members

Support for the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument

    May 9, 2023 The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr. President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 The Honorable Debra Haaland Secretary of the Interior U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington D.C. 20240 The Honorable Brenda Mallory Chair of the Council on

Coalition Opposes Legislation That Weakens Endangered Species Act

Dear Chairman Westerman, Ranking Member Grijalva, On behalf of our organizations and our millions of members and supporters, we write to express our strong opposition to the seven pieces of legislation being marked up on April 27th in the House Natural Resources Committee. Collectively these bills weaken the Endangered Species Act by eliminating vital protections

Coalition Supports Extending Funding for the National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund

  April 17, 2023 Dear Chairman Tiffany, Ranking Member Neguse and other Members of the Federal Lands Subcommittee, We, the members of the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition write in support of extending funding for the National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund, as part of the Great American Outdoors Act, for at

Coalition Submits Statement for the Record To Senate Committee on Appropriations Regarding FY 2024 NPS Appropriations

  Statement for the Record Michael B. Murray Chair of the Executive Council, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies United States Senate FY 2024 Appropriations for the National Park Service, Department of the Interior April 10, 2023 Chairman Merkley, Ranking Member Murkowski, and members of

Coalition Joins Comments on Revised NPS Alaska Bear Hunting Rule

  March 27, 2023 Sarah Creachbaum Regional Director National Park Service Alaska Regional Office 240 West 5th Ave. Anchorage, AK 99501 Re: National Park Service Proposed Rule; RIN 1024-AE70 Dear Director Creachbaum: Trustees for Alaska submits these comments on behalf of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Alaska Wilderness League, Alaskans FOR Wildlife, Animal Legal Defense Fund,

The Coalition Supports Budget Priorities of Second Century Action Group

  Priorities for the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition for FY24 The National Park Service (NPS) needs the financial resources to ensure both domestic and international visitors have the experience they deserve. For more than a century, our national parks have remained America’s favorite places, important pieces of our natural and cultural heritage set

Coalition Statement on President Biden’s FY 2024 Budget

  For release: March 9, 2023 Contact: Emily Thompson, Em************@pr********.org Coalition Statement on President Biden’s FY 2024 Budget Today, President Biden released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2024. The proposal calls for $3.8 billion to the National Park Service (NPS) budget, an increase from FY 2023. If enacted, this funding would help to address

Coalition Submits Comment on E.A. for Revisiting Sport Hunting and Trapping on National Preserves in Alaska

  March 8, 2023 Sarah Creachbaum, Regional Director National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office 240 West 5th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501 Subject:  Environmental Assessment for Revisiting Sport Hunting and Trapping on National Preserves in Alaska Dear Regional Director Creachbaum: I am writing to you on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition).

Coalition Comments on Proposed Rule: Hunting and Trapping in National Preserves in Alaska

    March 8, 2023   Sarah Creachbaum, Regional Director National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office 240 West 5th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501   Subject:  Proposed Rule: Hunting and Trapping in National Preserves in Alaska   Dear Regional Director Creachbaum:   I am writing to you on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National

Coalition Provides Additional Comments on Cumberland Island National Seashore Proposed Visitor Use Management Plan

  March 7, 2023 Superintendent Gary Ingram Cumberland Island National Seashore 101 Wheeler Street St. Marys, Georgia 31558 Dear Superintendent Ingram: On behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, Center for Biological Diversity, Georgia Audubon, Center for Sustainable Coast, Satilla Riverkeeper, and Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Southern Environmental Law Center writes

Coalition Joins Comments to Protect Japanese American Historic Sites from Renewable Energy Siting

Solar Energy PEIS Scoping Bureau of Land Management U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20006 March 1, 2023 Dear BLM: Thank you for the opportunity to submit scoping comments relating to the solar and wind energy programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS). We support administrative decisions to protect the Minidoka National

Member Op-Ed: Checking In On America The Beautiful

  Checking In On America The Beautiful By Mike Murray, Chair of the Executive Council of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks. Two years ago, as part of our preparation for President Biden’s incoming administration, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks prepared a report that identified recommended changes in direction for our national

Coalition Joins Comments on NPS Workplace Issues and Employee Morale

March 1, 2023 The Honorable Charles F. Sams, III Director, National Park Service 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 Subject: NPS workplace issues and employee morale Dear Director Sams: The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, the Association of National Park Rangers, and the National Parks Conservation Association recently formed a joint workgroup to

Coalition Speaks with NPT About Recreation.gov Fees

  Lawsuit Alleges Recreation.Gov Is Cluttered With “Junk Fees,” Seeks Millions In Refunds By Lori Sonken and Kurt Repanshek Recreation.gov, a national portal for accessing recreational activities on federal lands, is cluttered with unauthorized and possibly illegal “junk fees” that potentially generate hundreds of millions of dollars for a government contractor hired to operate the

Coalition Requests BLM Extend the Comment Period for the Lava Ridge Wind Project by 30 days

  February 13, 2023 Mr. Kasey Prestwich, Project Manager Shoshone Field Office Bureau of Land Management 400 W. F St. Shoshone, ID 83352 Subject: Lava Ridge Wind Project Comment Period Dear Mr. Prestwich: I am writing to you on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition). Our membership is comprised of over

Wilderness Battlefield Coalition letter to Planning Commission

  February 7, 2023  Orange County Planning Commission: Donald Brooks, Chair J. Jason Capelle, Vice Chair J. Bryan Nicol George Yancey Adam Bryington Re: REZ 22-03, Wilderness Crossing Dear Members of the Planning Commission: We are writing on behalf of the Wilderness Battlefield Coalition and of our thousands of members across Virginia and Orange County.

Coalition Comments on NPS National Long Range Transportation Plan

    February 2, 2023 Denver Service Center National Park Service (NPS) Planning, Design and Construction Management Office 12795 West Alameda Parkway Lakewood, CO 80228-2838 Subject: Comments on NPS National Long Range Transportation Plan Dear Denver Service Center: I am writing to you on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition). Our

New Report Details National Parks At Risk Due to Continued Oil and Gas Development on Adjacent Public Lands

New Report Details National Parks At Risk Due to Continued Oil and Gas Development on Adjacent Public Lands Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Warns that National Parks Face Imminent Risk WASHINGTON, DC – According to a new report from the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, four national parks – Carlsbad Caverns, Chaco Culture,

Coalition Comments on Day Use Visitor Access Strategy for Rocky Mountain National Park

  January 31, 2023 Darla Sidles Superintendent Rocky Mountain National Park 1000 U.S. Highway 36 Estes Park, CO 80517 Subject: Comments on Day Use Visitor Access Strategy for Rocky Mountain National Park Dear Superintendent Sidles: We are writing to you on behalf of over 2,300 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition),

Coalition Signs on to Comments Regarding the Monument Management Plan for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

January 27, 2023 Brittany Petersen Marine Monument Superintendent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 300 Westgate Center Drive Hadley, MA 01035  Re: Comments on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Intent to Prepare a Draft Monument Management Plan for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument Dear Ms. Petersen, On

Coalition Comments on Visitor Access Management Plan for Yosemite National Park

  January 25, 2023 Cicely Muldoon Superintendent Post Office Box 577 Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 Subject: Comments on Visitor Access Management Plan for Yosemite National Park Dear Superintendent Muldoon: I am writing to you on behalf of over 2,300 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent more than

Coalition Comments on Visitor Access Management Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

  January 24, 2023  Superintendent Clayton Jordan Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 47050 Generals Highway Three Rivers, CA 93271 Subject: Comments on Visitor Access Management Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Dear Superintendent Jordan: I am writing to you on behalf of over 2,300 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National

Coalition Joins in Support of Virginia Senate Bill Prohibiting Construction of Industrial Data Centers Within One Mile of a National Park, State Park or other Historically Significant Site

January 19, 2023 Senate Committee on Local Government Senate Room 3, The Capitol 1000 Bank St Richmond, VA 23218 Dear Chair Lewis, and Senators Hanger, Stanley, Favola, DeSteph, Dunnavant, McPike, Howell, Spruill, Morrissey, Bell, Hashmi, Kiggans, Reeves, and Hackworth: We are writing to you today on behalf of the undersigned 18 environmental and historic preservation

Coalition Joins Scoping Comments on Upcoming WY Oil and Gas Lease Sale

AUDUBON ROCKIES * COALITION TO PROTECT AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS * FRIENDS OF THE EARTH * NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY * NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * POWDER RIVER BASIN RESOURCE COUNCIL * ROCKY MOUNTAIN WILD * THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY * WYOMING OUTDOOR COUNCIL * WYOMING WILDERNESS ASSOCIATION January 19, 2023 Andrew Archuleta

NPT: Native American Alliance Wants More Say In Managing National Parks

Native American Alliance Wants More Say In Managing National Parks By Kurt Repanshek – January 18th, 2023 A Native American group wants to see Indigenous groups given more say in how national parks are managed and wants “sacred places within the parks” returned to the relevant Native American communities. A petition drive led by the

Coalition Comments on the Cumberland Island N.S. Visitor Use Management Plan

  Superintendent Gary Ingram Cumberland Island National Seashore 101 Wheeler Street St. Marys, Georgia 31558 Re: Cumberland Island National Seashore Proposed Visitor Use Management Plan Dear Superintendent Ingram: On behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Georgia Chapter Sierra Club, Georgia Audubon, Center

Coalition Joins Partners in Expressing Deep Concerns Over Proposed Leasing Plans for Clara Barton NHS

December 9, 2022 Dear Superintendent Charles Cuvelier: We are a group concerned with the future of the Clara Barton National Historic Site. Many of us are professional historians of the United States with considerable expertise in women’s history, public history, U.S. history from before the Civil War to its aftermath to the Progressive Era, the

Coalition Signs on In Support of Additional Funding for Disaster Relief in FY23 Appropriations Omnibus Bill

November 14th, 2022 RE: Include public lands disaster relief in the next FY23 funding vehicle Dear Senators and Representatives: We, the undersigned organizations, representing millions of Americans, are dismayed by the devastation this year’s natural disasters have caused to communities throughout the country and commend the bipartisan aid you have provided for their needs to

National Parks Traveler: News Roundup Looking At Air Tours, GAOA, And More

Is the National Park Service failing to adequately evaluate air tours over national parks, how is the Great American Outdoors Act performing in the National Park System, and continuing visitation issues in the parks are the topics that will be discussed in this coming Sunday’s podcast at the National Parks Traveler. Both the National Parks

Comments on the 2023-2028 Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program and Draft EIS

    October 6, 2022 Ms. Kelly Hammerle Chief, National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 45600 Woodland Road Sterling, VA 20166 Re: Comments on the 2023-2028 Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program and Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Docket ID: BOEM-2022-0031) Ms. Hammerle: The Southern

Coalition Comments on Ongoing Use of Lead Ammunition and Fishing Tackle in Units of The National Park System

      October 6, 2022 Ms. Shannon Estenoz Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20240 Subject:  Ongoing use of toxic lead ammunition and fishing tackle in units of the National Park System Dear Assistant Secretary Estenoz: I am writing to you

Coalition Comments on Ruling Regarding Alaska Hunting Practices

  Oct. 3, 2022 District Court concludes that rule allowing destructive hunting practices on national preserves in Alaska is arbitrary, sends it back to agencies to revise A federal District Court in Alaska ruled on Sept. 30 that a National Park Service rule allowing hunting practices like baiting brown bears in national preserves in Alaska

Potential Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) Alternatives for Mount Rushmore National Memorial

  October 3, 2022 Ms. Michelle Wheatley, Superintendent Mount Rushmore National Memorial 13000 Highway 244 Building 31, Suite 1 Keystone, SD 57751 Subject: Potential Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) Alternatives for Mount Rushmore National Memorial Dear Superintendent Wheatley: I am writing on behalf of over 2,200 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who

Badlands National Park Air Tour Management Plan Potential Alternatives Newsletter

  October 3, 2022 Mr. Eric Veach, Superintendent Badlands National Park 25216 Ben Reifel Road Interior, SD 57750 Subject: Badlands National Park Air Tour Management Plan Potential Alternatives Newsletter Dear Superintendent Veach: First, welcome to the National Park Service as the new superintendent of Badlands National Park! We hope you will find working within the

Coalition and Partners Continue Fight Against Development Near Manassas National Battlefield Park

Senator Mark Warner Senator Tim Kaine Representative Don Beyer Representative Gerry Connolly Representative Abigail Spanberger Representative Jennifer Wexton Representative Rob Wittman September 20, 2022 Dear Virginia Senators and Northern Virginia Representatives, As many of you know, the proposed Prince William Digital Gateway (PWDG) is a Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA) in Prince William County to designate

Coalition Comments On Big Cypress National Preserve Supplemental Draft Backcountry Access Plan, Wilderness Study, and Environmental Impact Statement

  September 20, 2022 Mr. Tom Forsyth, Superintendent Big Cypress National Preserve 33100 Tamiami Trail East Ochopee , FL 34141 Subject: BICY Supplemental Draft Backcountry Access Plan/Wilderness Study/EIS Dear Superintendent Forsyth: I am writing on behalf of over 2,200 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent more than 45,000

Coalition Joins Support for NPF Reauthorization Act

September 19, 2022 Dear Members of the Senate Energy Natural Resources Committee, We, the members of the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition, write in support of the National Park Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2022 and urge the committee to swiftly move the bill and ensure final passage. National parks unite our country as evidenced

Coalition Joins Support for Supplemental NPS Disaster Recovery Funding

September 19, 2022 Dear Senators Schumer, McConnell, Leahy and Shelby and Representatives Pelosi, McCarthy, DeLauro and Granger, We, the members of the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition, urge inclusion of at least $1.7 billion in disaster relief for our national parks in the next FY23 spending bill. The extent of this year’s natural disasters

Coalition Speaks with NPT on NPS Tribal Co-stewardship Policy

  National Park Service Broadens Tribal Involvement In Stewardship Of Parks By Kurt Repanshek – September 14th, 2022 Editor’s note: This updates with comments from Professor Robert Keiter, the Wallace Stegner Professor of Law, University Distinguished Professor, and founding Director of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment at the University of

Coalition Supports Designation of Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument

Vet Voice Foundation P.O. Box 11559 Portland OR 97211 President Joseph R. Biden The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: We are writing to urge you to use the powers granted to you under the Antiquities Act to designate the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument in Colorado. As you know, this request was

Coalition Sends Letter of Support for 1908 Springfield Race Riot Study

  September 2, 2022 Mr. Tokey Boswell Associate Regional Director Facilities, Planning, and Infrastructure National Park Service 601 Riverfront Drive Omaha, NE 68102 Subject: Special Resource Study for 1908 Springfield Race Riot Site Dear Mr. Boswell: The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition) is pleased to submit the following comments to the National Park

The Coalition Applauds and Supports the National Park Service System Plan

  The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks applauds and supports the National Park Service System Plan, and its findings. This report addresses many of the concerns expressed in This Land is Our Land; Restoring Our National Parks, a document the Coalition prepared for the Biden Administration as they transitioned into office. Our organization, as

Coalition Signs On To Support Secretary Deb Haaland issued Secretarial Order 3407 (single-use plastics)

August 25, 2022 Dear Secretary Haaland: Thank you for your bold leadership within the federal government to reduce harmful single-use plastics. We support your Secretarial Order (No. 3407), issued on World Oceans Day, which will phase out the procurement, sale, and distribution of single-use plastic products and packaging across the U.S. Department of the Interior

Coalition’s Comments to the DOI’s Law Enforcement Task Force

  July 28, 2002 United States Department of the Interior Office of the Secretary Law Enforcement Task Force 1849 C Street NW Washington DC 20240 Dear Members of the Secretary’s Law Enforcement Task Force: I am writing on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, a non-profit organization comprised of more than 2,200

Coalition Supports Cesar Chavez National Historic Park

June 2022 The Honorable Dianne Feinstein United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Alex Padilla United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Raul Ruiz United States Congress Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senators Padilla and Feinstein and Congressman Ruiz: Thank you for your commitment to honoring the visibility of our diverse American history in

Coalition Comments on Fire Island National Seashore Off Road Vehicle Civic Engagement Newsletter

  May 19, 2022 Superintendent Alexcy Romero Fire Island National Seashore 120 Laurel Street Patchogue, New York 11772 Subject: Comments on Fire Island National Seashore Off Road Vehicle Civic Engagement Newsletter Dear Superintendent Romero: I am writing on behalf of over 2,200 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent

NPT: The National Park System’s Crippling Maintenance Backlog

  National Parks Traveler Episode 170 The National Park System’s Crippling Maintenance Backlog By Kurt Repanshek – May 15th, 2022 In today’s podcast, we’re looking out across the National Park System, and at the National Park Service, in advance of the Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional launch to summer, to explore how things are on

Coalition Comments on NPS Deferred Maintenance

UPDATE | National Park System’s Deferred Maintenance Bill Nearly $22 Billion By Kurt Repanshek – May 9th, 2022 Editor’s note: This updates with reaction from the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks. In the roughly three years since the National Park Service under the Trump administration decided it wasn’t helpful to announce the dollar amount

Coalition Works With House Committee On Housing Legislation

  The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks worked closely with the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, & Public Lands, to develop appropriate language for a bill that authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into partnerships to develop housing, and for other purposes. This bill amends existing park

Over 300 Coalition Members Sign On in Support of National Monuments

              April 19, 2022 The Honorable Joseph R. Biden President of the United States The Honorable Debra Haaland Secretary of the Interior The Honorable Brenda Mallory Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality Dear President Biden, Secretary Haaland, and Chair Mallory: We are writing on behalf of over 2,100

Coalition Applauds Congresswoman Escobar’s Letter of Support for Castner Range

  Release Date: April 5, 2022 Media Contact: Emily Thompson Coalition Applauds Congresswoman Escobar’s Letter of Support for Castner Range Following Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland’s visit to Castner Range, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar sent a letter to President Biden requesting he use the Antiquities Act to designate Castner Range a national monument. “We thank

Coalition Speaks with NPT About Funding for Cultural and Historic Parks

  Funding Lags for Historic, Cultural Parks Compared to Large, Popular Parks By Lori Sonken James Van Evers remembers sitting on bunkbeds, chewing bubble gum cigars his father gave him, and riding Heidi, the German Shepherd, in the backyard, but that’s about all he recalls from his childhood home in Jackson, Mississippi. His family moved

Coalition Submits Comments on Air Tour Management Alternatives for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  March 28, 2022 Ms. Rhonda Loh, Superintendent Hawaii Volcanoes National Park P.O. Box 52 Hawaii National Park, HI 96718 Subject: Potential Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) Alternatives for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Dear Superintendent Loh: I am writing on behalf of over 2,100 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who

Coalition Sends Letter Regarding GRCA Backcountry Permit Fees

            March 10, 2022 Mr. Edward Keable, Superintendent Grand Canyon National Park PO Box 129 Grand Canyon, AZ  86023 Dear Superintendent Keable: I am writing on behalf of over 2,100 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent more than 40,000 years of national park

Coalition Comments – Wears Valley Mountain Bike Trail Revised Environmental Assessment.

            March 9, 2022 Mr. Alan Sumeriski Superintendent, Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN  37738 Subject:  Comments on Revised Environmental Assessment for Proposed Wears Valley Mountain Bike Trail System Dear Acting Superintendent Sumeriski: I am writing on behalf of over 2,100 members of the Coalition

Coalition Submits Comments on Caneel Bay Redevelopment and Management Plan

  March 4, 2022 Caneel Bay Redevelopment and Management Plan Superintendent 1300 Cruz Bay Creek St. John, VI 00830 Re: Caneel Bay Redevelopment and Management Plan Newsletter comments Dear Superintendent Fields: We are writing on behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and its 1.6 million members and supporters nationwide, and the Coalition to

Coalition Submits Comments on Visitor Experience and Improvement Authority Proposed Rule

              March 1, 2022 Commercial Services Program National Park Service 1849 C Street NW Mail Stop 2410, Attn: VEIA Rule Comments Washington, DC 20240 Subject: Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1024-AE47 Dear NPS Commercial Services Program: I am writing to you on behalf of over 2,100 members of the Coalition

Coalition Joins Sign On Commending GAOA Hearing

  February 8, 2022 Dear Chairman King, Ranking Member Daines and Members of the Committee, We, the members of the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition (Coalition), thank the Subcommittee on National Parks for hosting the important upcoming hearing on the Great American Outdoors Act. We commend the historic bipartisan support for this bill and

Coalition Praises Bennet’s Push to Pass Amache Legislation

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 7, 2022 CONTACT: Emily Thompson | Em************@pr********.org Former NPS Employees & Leaders Praise Sen. Bennet for Pushing Legislation to Add Amache National Historic Site to the National Park System Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Urges Swift Senate Passage of Legislation Statement from the Coalition to Protect America’s National

NPT: Room To Grow? For Parks In The Eastern US, More Than You Realize

  As the first major step towards reaching its goal to “conserve, connect, and restore” 30 percent of the nation’s land and water by 2030, the Biden administration released its “America the Beautiful” report in 2021, laying out the broad principles guiding the effort, but lacking specific details on which lands, exactly, need to be

Coalition Submits Comments on Ironman Race Permit Request at Blue Ridge Parkway

  January 29, 2022 Ms. Tracy Swartout, Superintendent Blue Ridge Parkway 199 Hemphill Knob Rd Asheville, NC 28803 Dear Superintendent Swartout: I am writing to you on behalf of over 2,100 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

Coalition Expresses Strong Concern Over Potential Development Near Manassas National Battlefield Park

    January 25, 2022 Chair Wheeler and Members of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, I am writing you today on behalf of the Coalition to Protect Americas National Parks, a non-profit organization composed of more than 2,100 retired, former and current employees of the National Park Service (NPS), who collectively have over

Coalition Joins Call Urging Passage of Final FY 22 Appropriations Bills

  January 24, 2022 Dear Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Shelby, Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Granger, We, the members of the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition, urge passage of final Fiscal Year 2022 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills to address significant park understaffing and related operational

Coalition Joins Request for Pre-Decisional Referral for Historic Jamestown Transmission Lines Project

January 19, 2022 Charles F. Sams III Director National Park Service 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 RE: NAO-2012-00080 Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton Proposal Request for Pre-Decisional Referral to CEQ Dear Director Sams: Congratulations on your appointment as the Director of the National Park Service. We look forward to working with you. We, the undersigned, urge

Coalition Joins Call to Delay Community Meetings Over Proposed Data Center Near Manassas Battlefield

  Chair Ann Wheeler Supervisor Victor S. Angry Supervisor Jeanine Lawson Supervisor Yesli Vega Supervisor Pete Candland Supervisor Kenny A. Boddye Supervisor Andrea O. Bailey Supervisor Margaret Angela Franklin January 13, 2022 Dear Chair Wheeler, and Supervisors Angry, Lawson, Vega, Candland, Boddye, Bailey, and Franklin: We, the below signers, write to you today to urge

Former Coalition Chair Comments on Funding Imbalance and the Parks

    NPT Editor’s note: Without adequate funding, you can’t quickly repair your leaking roof, or hire enough employees to meet your customers’ needs and demands. At the National Park Service, the lack of adequate funding across the board threatens the agency’s mission, landing the issue of park funding on National Parks Traveler’s 3rd Annual Threatened and

Coalition Comments on America the Beautiful Progress Report

  Today, the Biden Administration released their America the Beautiful progress report, which provides updates on the progress and accomplishments of meeting our first-ever national conservation goal – and ensuring all Americans have access to the outdoors – by conserving 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. Phil Francis, Chair of the Coalition to

Coalition Sends Welcome to Director Sams in the Tradition of the Lane Letter

  December 17, 2021 Mr. Chuck Sams, Director National Park Service 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20240 Dear Director Sams: Congratulations on your confirmation as the 19th director of the National Park Service – arguably our nation’s most popular federal agency! You join a long and honored line of directors of the National Park

Opening Brief Filed In NPS Hunting Rule Litigation

For decades, the National Park Service (Service) consistently declared that it must manage the National Park System in Alaska primarily for conservation, and that Congress’ allowance of sport hunting on National Preserves (Preserves) did not alter that conservation mandate. The Service codified that position in 2015, adopting regulations that barred predator reduction efforts as well

Coalition Joins Comments Regarding Migratory Bird Treaty Act

  BY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION Via Federal eRulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov Attn: FWS–HQ–MB–2021-0105 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service MS: PRB/3W 5275 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 Re: Docket No. FWS–HQ–MB–2021-0105; Migratory Bird Permits; Authorizing the Incidental Take of Migratory Birds Please accept the following comments submitted by the Southern Environmental Law Center (“SELC”) on behalf of

Coalition Joins Comments On Threat To Minidoka National Historic Site

    November 24, 2021 Commissioners California Public Utilities Commission 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 Submitted via email to: ES***********@cp**.gov Attention: Monica Palmeira, Analyst – Environmental & Social Justice Action Plan Dear Commissioners: On behalf of Japanese American, Asian American Pacific Islander and partner organizations, we write to express our support for

NPT Episode 141: Is Charles Sams The Next National Park Service Director?

  By Kurt Repanshek – October 24th, 2021 We are on the cusp of having the first Senate-confirmed director of the National Park Service since Jonathan Jarvis retired at the end of the Obama administration in January 2017. Since then there’s been a revolving cast of individuals serving as acting director. But now the Biden Administration

Comments on Indiana’s Regional Haze State Implementation Plan

    October 1, 2021 Via electronic mail Jean Boling Senior Environmental Engineer Indiana Department of Environmental Management Office of Air Quality, Air Programs Branch 100 North Senate Avenue, MC 61-53 IGCN 1003 Indianapolis, IN 46204-2251 Re:      Requesting Extension of Comment Period for Indiana’s Regional Haze State Implementation Plan for the Second Implementation Period. Dear

Comments on Arches National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plan

    October 1, 2021 Ms. Patricia Trap, Superintendent National Park Service Southeast Utah Group 2282 Resource Blvd. Moab, UT 84532 Subject: Comments on Arches National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plan Dear Superintendent Trap: I am writing on behalf of over 1,900 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), whose membership

Comments on Bandelier National Monument Proposed Air Tour Management

  October 1, 2021 Mr. Patrick Suddath, Superintendent Bandelier National Monument 15 Entrance RD Los Alamos, NM 87544 Subject:  Comments on Bandelier National Monument Proposed Air Tour Management Plan Dear Superintendent Suddath: I am writing on behalf of over 1,900 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), whose membership is comprised of retired, former,

Comments on Natural Bridges National Monument Proposed Air Tour Management Plan

  September 29, 2021 Ms. Patricia Trap, Superintendent National Park Service Southeast Utah Group 2282 Resource Blvd. Moab, UT 84532 Subject: Comments on Natural Bridges National Monument Proposed Air Tour Management Plan Dear Superintendent Trap: I am writing on behalf of over 1,900 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), whose membership

Comments on Bryce Canyon National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plan

  September 29, 2021 Mr. Jim Ireland, Superintendent Bryce Canyon National Park P.O. Box 640201 Bryce, UT 84764 Subject:  Comments on Bryce Canyon National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plan Dear Superintendent Ireland: I am writing on behalf of over 1,900 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), whose membership is comprised

Comments on Glacier National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plan

  September 29, 2021 Mr. Pete Webster, Acting Superintendent Glacier National Park PO Box 128 West Glacier, MT 59936 Subject:  Comments on Glacier National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plan Dear Acting Superintendent Webster: I am writing on behalf of over 1,900 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), whose membership is comprised of

Comments on Great Smoky Mountains NP Proposed Air Tour Management Plan

  September 29, 2021 Mr. Cassius Cash, Superintendent Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738 Subject:  Comments on Great Smoky Mountains NP Proposed Air Tour Management Plan Dear Superintendent Cash: I am writing on behalf of over 1,900 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), whose membership is comprised

Coalition Signs On in Support of Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act

  September 29, 2021 Dear Representative, We, the members of the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition, write in support of the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, particularly the significant investments for national parks through investments in the Federal Lands Transportation Program (FLTP), Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) and Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Project

Coalition Supports Local Vision for Alabama Black Belt NHA

    September 30, 2021 Ms. Shannon Estenoz Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington DC 20240 Dear Ms. Estenoz: Thank you again for meeting with us on Tuesday, September 28. We greatly appreciated the opportunity to discuss several important issues and concerns with

Member Op-Ed: Protect national parks before they reach their breaking point

National Parks are at their breaking point. You’ve seen the images; visitors lined up to hike at Zion National Park, heavy traffic at Yellowstone National Park and big crowds in Arches National Park. Although our COVID-19 infection rates continue to climb, visitors are still flocking to national parks. Collectively, we have spent over 70 years

Comments on the Death Valley National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plan

  These comments have also been submitted via the park’s PEPC website. August 28, 2021 Mike Reynolds, Superintendent Death Valley National Park P.O. Box 579 Death Valley, CA 92328 Subject:  Comments on the Death Valley National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plan   Dear Superintendent Reynolds: I am writing on behalf of over 1,900 members

Comments on the Olympic National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plan

  These comments have also been submitted via the park’s PEPC website. August 27, 2021 Ms. Sarah Creachbaum, Superintendent Olympic National Park 600 E. Park Avenue Port Angeles, WA 98362 Subject:  Comments on the Olympic National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plan Dear Superintendent Creachbaum: I am writing on behalf of over 1,900 members of the Coalition

Comments on Mt. Rainier National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plan

These comments have also been submitted via the park’s PEPC website. August 26, 2021 Mr. Greg Dudgeon, Superintendent Mount Rainier National Park 55210 238th Avenue East Ashford, WA 98304 Subject:  Comments on Mt. Rainier National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) Dear Superintendent Dudgeon: I am writing on behalf of over 1,900 members of the Coalition

Comments on Everglades National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plan

  These comments have also been submitted via the park’s PEPC website.   August 25, 2021 Pedro Ramos, Superintendent Everglades National Park 40001 State Road 9336 Homestead, FL 33034-6733 Subject:  Comments on Everglades National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) Dear Superintendent Ramos: I am writing on behalf of over 1,900 members of the

NPS Director Nominee Announced

  Release Date: August 18, 2021 NPS Director Nominee Announced Today, the White House announced that President Biden plans to nominate Charles Sams to serve as the Director of the National Park Service.  Phil Francis, Chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, says this announcement is long overdue. “For the first time in

Coalition Concern Over Air Tour Management Plans

  August 16, 2021 Mr. Shawn Benge, Acting Director National Park Service 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington DC 20240 Subject: National Park Proposed Air Tour Management Plans referred to in Federal Register on July 29, 2021; Document Citation: 86 FR 40897 Document Number: 2021-16182 Dear Acting Director Benge: We are writing to you on behalf