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 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

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 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

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,

National Park Air Tour Management Plans In California Challenged In Court

National Park Air Tour Management Plans In California Challenged In Court By NPT Staff – March 21st, 2023 In the ongoing trend of air tour management plans for national parks being called shoddy and insufficient in their crafting, a lawsuit has been filed challenging tour plans for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes 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 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

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 Talks Climate Change and National Parks with NPT

    Climate Change’s Grip On The National Parks By Kurt Repanshek Water, the universal solvent, is eroding parts of the National Park System. It is slowly overcoming Cape Hatteras National Seashore and has done significant damage to Yellowstone and Death Valley national parks, as well as Mojave National Preserve and Vicksburg National Military Park.

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

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 Acting Positions in DOI

– UPDATE – Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) Sues Over “Acting” Positions For National Park Service, BLM Directors Posted by National Parks Traveler Staff (NPT)- May 11th, 2020 NPT Editor’s note: This updates with reaction from the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks and National Parks Conservation Association. David Vela, the de facto director of