OP-ED

Portland Press Herald: Former Acadia superintendent: Trump’s proposed budget cuts threaten national parks

“Under Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts, the dual mission of the National Park Service – providing for public use and enjoyment while protecting park resources and values, now and for future generations – will most certainly suffer.” Click “Read More” to read the op-ed from Coalition Executive Council member, Sheridan Steele, on Trump’s proposed budget cuts.

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Casper Star Tribune: Wyoming Should Halt Its Plans for a Grizzly Bear Hunt

While the disputed delisting of the Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear is the subject of ongoing lawsuits, the State of Wyoming is charging ahead with plans for a grizzly bear hunt, just months after the iconic bears were removed from the protections of the Endangered Species Act. Click “Read More” to see Coalition member Joan Anselmo’s op-ed in the Casper (WY) Star Tribune.

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Bakersfield Californian: Maintenance, repairs greatly needed in our national parks

Executive Council member, Dave Graber, spoke out in his local newspaper, the Bakersfield Californian, about the significant need to address the NPS maintenance backlog. Graber says, “Congress has a chance to turn the maintenance backlog around. If passed, the bipartisan National Park Legacy Act (S.751/H.R.2584) will ensure that there is dedicated funding for park maintenance in each year’s budget.” Click “Read More” to read Dave’s editorial.

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Coalition’s letter to the editor of the Helena (MT) Independent Record

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.

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Op-Ed: National Parks Should Be Considered Before Oil and Gas Leasing

Public lands surrounding many southwestern national parks are under pressure to be leased for oil and gas development. Most recently the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed leasing lands adjacent to Dinosaur National Monument, in direct view of the park entrance road and main visitor center, raising concerns about impacts to the park. Click “Read More” to see the op-ed written by Coalition member Fred Fagergren.

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Op-Ed: The Importance of Maine’s New National Monument

Interior Secretary Zinke’s recent visit to Maine to see Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a good exercise of his role as chief steward of our nation’s national parks and monuments. But contemplating reduction or elimination of our public land is not. Click “Read More” to see the op-ed by Coalition executive council member Sheridan Steele in the Bangor Daily News.

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