Millions of Americans and international visitors have formed their own stories in our national parks, rooted in wonder. Years ago, at the base of Yosemite Falls, I watched my daughter and her close-knit group of friends grow in their passion for nature at the park where I met and eventually married my husband. Our national parks provide us with priceless memories and inspiration, and yet, these magnificent places are struggling from years of inadequate funding due to inaction by Congress.
The Coalition applauds the transfer of 20,000 acres of the Eagle Mountain lands from BLM back to Joshua Tree National Park. However, the Eagle Crest Pumped Storage Project remains a major threat to the park’s resources. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s op-ed in The Desert Sun.
Dominion Virginia Power proposes to construct 44 massive electric transmission towers across the James River within close sight of historic Jamestown Island, arguably one of our nation’s most historically significant places. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering whether to issue the permit needed for Dominion Virginia to proceed. Click “Read More” to see Pat Tiller’s powerful opinion-editorial in the Washington Post about this troubling proposal.
The National Park Service recently celebrated its 100th birthday. In the days leading up to the celebration, NPS director Jonathan Jarvis said that his agency’s goal for the centennial was “to create the next generation of visitors, supporters, and advocates for our national parks and our public lands.” Achieving this goal is critical. Click “Read More” below to read the full op-ed.
Silicon Valley is leading the nation’s charge toward renewable energy development by making significant investments and pioneering technological advancements. This is important and commendable. However, in the effort to move toward a sustainable energy future, some companies are failing to seriously consider the size and location of their industrial scale renewable projects. Click “Read More” to read the full op-ed about the proposed Soda Mountain Solar project, published September 9, 2016 in The Mercury News.
One hundred years ago, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that established the National Park Service. Women’s rights and the Park Service have seen much progress in the last 100 years, but there is still work to do. Click “Read More” to read the full article.
This spring, after nearly 10 years of thinking, talking, searching and hoping, a dream came true for many of us who spent our careers working in national parks. On March 3, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks announced the establishment of the Park Institute of America in collaboration with the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Click “Read More” for the full article.
During the NPS’s centennial year, we should seize upon every opportunity to ensure that Southwest Colorado’s national parks and monuments remain protected into the next century. One such opportunity would be for the Bureau of Land Management to prepare a master leasing plan to guide proposed oil and gas leasing near these special places. Click “Read More” to see an Op-Ed by Coalition member Jane Anderson that was published in the Durango Herald on April 16, 2016.
Coalition Chair Maureen Finnerty’s powerful op-ed decrying a proposal to cripple the Antiquities Act appeared in The Hill, a top US political website read daily by the White House, elected officials, lobbyists and analysts. Click ”Read More” to read the op-ed.
Placed against this expansive vision, the existing national park system is incomplete. That judgment also applies to the units that comprise the current U. S. conservation estate; forests, refuges, monuments, state parks, land trusts, etc. The international standard for conservation of terrestrial and inland waters is 17 %. A recent estimate puts the current U.S. total at 7%. The maritime and coastal area standard of 10% is even further from being achieved.