Coalition Chair, Phil Francis, was recently interviewed by the Knoxville newspaper expressing the Coalition’s concern and frustration with plans to cut the NPS’s budget. Click “Read More” to see the full article.
Following the resignation of nine members of the NPSAB, the Coalition released a statement voicing our support for the group. Click “read more” to read the statement in full.
On December 20, 2017, Coalition member and former NPS Utah State Coordinator Cordell Roy participated in a telephonic press conference (telepresser) with members of the news media press to commemorate the anniversary of the controversial “Utah 77” oil and gas leases that were issued in 2008 in the Moab (UT) area. Click “Read More” to hear the full audio of the telepresser.
The Bureau of Land Management, citing the need to further consider concerns voiced in public comments, has decided to defer leasing an oil and gas parcel near the boundary of the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Click “Read More” for additional information about BLM’s decision.
The Executive Council has approved a new organizational strategic plan for 2018-2020. Click “read more” to see the details of the plan.
Deny Galvin, Advisor to the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, provided testimony during a hearing regarding the proposed reorganization of the Department of the Interior. There have been limited details of the proposal released to the public, including the goals of the reorganization, the cost to the department, or its effect on the department and the various bureaus within.
Just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Coalition is launching an online storefront to boost the Coalition’s work protecting national parks and the NPS mission. The storefront for the CPANP-branded merchandise is available at www.HelpSaveNationalParks.org.
The administration’s proposal for a massive fee increase in 17 national parks, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Arches and Rocky Mountain, goes too far and may have major implications on park visitation and the economies of gateway communities. The fee increases are part of an effort to address the deferred maintenance backlog in the NPS, but the money raised will only cover a small percentage of the billions of dollars required. While creative solutions are required to solve this problem, the proposal as it stands does not adequately address it. Click “Read More” for more information.
The Coalition spoke out against drilling rights near Dinosaur National Monument. Executive Council member, Mike Murray, described them as “indefensible,” and part of a new wave of “signs and signals” about the administration’s policy intentions. Click “Read More” for more information.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s recent claim that 30 percent of department employees are “not loyal to the flag” is not only ludicrous but also deeply insulting to the hundreds of dedicated Interior employees who live and work in Zinke’s home state of Montana. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s letter to the editor of the Helena (MT) Independent Record.