Coalition Applauds President Biden’s Pledge to Protect Avi Kwa Ame

Release Date: November 30, 2022 Coalition Applauds President Biden’s Pledge to Protect Avi Kwa Ame Today, President Biden pledged to protect Avi Kwa Ame at the Tribal Nations Summit, a commitment which takes the culturally and naturally significant landscape one step closer to a national monument designation. Mike Murray, Chair of the Coalition to Protect

Coalition Continues to Take Action on Transmission Line Project Near Jamestown

November 23, 2022 Michael Connor Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 441 G Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20314 RE: NAO-2012-0080 Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton Proposal Meeting Request Dear Assistant Secretary Connor: We, the undersigned groups with special expertise on this matter, continue to have significant concerns about the Army Corps-managed environmental

Coalition Signs on In Support of Protection for Mature Forests

To: The Honorable John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Cc: The Honorable Ali Zaidi, Assistant to the President & National Climate Advisor The Honorable John Podesta, Senior Advisor to the President for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation The Honorable Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture The Honorable Deb Haaland, United States Secretary

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

Coalition Supports Reform to the Antiquated Federal Oil and Gas Leasing System

November 16, 2022 U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C St., NW Washington, D.C. 20240 RE: Initiating a Rulemaking to Reform the Federal Oil and Gas Leasing System To the Honorable Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland: The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management recently announced plans to offer more than 260,000 acres

Coalition Joins Comments In Support of Guidance to Disallow Renewable Energy Tax Credits Near Japanese American Incarceration Sites

November 4, 2022 Notice 2022-49 — Certain Energy Generation Incentives Comments Submitted electronically via Federal eRulemaking Portal (www.regulations.gov) Internal Revenue Service U.S Department of Treasury P.O. Box 7604 Washington, DC 20044 Dear Internal Revenue Service: On behalf of our 20 respective organizations and 21 local and regional chapters of the Japanese American Citizens League, we

Bears Ears National Monument Monument Management Plan Scoping Comments October 2022

Grand Canyon Trust – Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance – The Wilderness Society – Western Watersheds Project – National Parks Conservation Association – Center for Biological Diversity – Conservation Lands Foundation – WildEarth Guardians – Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks – Wildlands Network – Natural Resources Defense Council Bears Ears National Monument Monument Management Plan

Coalition Signs Letter Opposing the Prince William Digital Gateway

October 31, 2022 Prince William County Board of Supervisors 1 County Complex Ct. Prince William, VA 22192 Dear Chair Ann Wheeler and Members of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors: We, the undersigned thirty (30) organizations, write to you today regarding Comprehensive Plan Amendment #CPA2021-00004, the PW Digital Gateway. On behalf of our millions

Coalition Joins Request for Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton James River Transmission Line Pre-decisional Referral

Dear Deputy Secretary Beaudreau: The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, Cultural Heritage Partners, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, the National Parks Conservation Association, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Preservation Virginia have requested that the U.S. Department of Interior and the National Park Service file a pre-decisional referral to the Council on

Coalition Celebrates Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument Designation

  October 12, 2022 Coalition Celebrates Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument Designation Today, President Biden used his power under the Antiquities Act to create the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument. The site, located in Colorado, protects a World War II-era military training ground, as well as striking landscapes and wildlife habitat along the Continental Divide

Coalition Joins E-bike Letter Sent to Secretary Haaland

American Hiking Society, Back Country Horsemen of America, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, California Wilderness Coalition, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado Wildlands Project, Conservation Lands Foundation, Conservation Northwest, Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, Friends of the Bitterroot, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, High Country Conservation Advocates, Idaho Conservation League, Keep

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 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 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 Comments on Dominion Energy’s James River Project

September 12, 2022 Ms. Shannon Estenoz Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks U.S. Department of the Interior Washington, DC 20240 Subject: NAO-2012-00080, Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton Project, James River Transmission Line Dear Assistant Secretary Estenoz: We are writing to you on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, Cultural Heritage Partners, Duke Environmental

Coalition Thanks Secretary Haaland for Visit to Avi Kwa Ame

  Release Date: September 7, 2022 Contact: Emily Thompson Coalition Thanks Secretary Haaland for Visit to Avi Kwa Ame Earlier today, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visited Avi Kwa Ame in Nevada to meet with Tribal and local community members about the sacred landscape. The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks has joined Tribal and local

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 Joins Call to Protect Old-Growth Forests

Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Haaland, We are writing on behalf of our millions of members and supporters across the country to comment specifically on how you should define—and manage— mature and old-growth trees and forests to provide the greatest climate, biodiversity, and drinking water benefits for the United States. President Biden correctly identified these forests

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 Celebrates Final Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act

  Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Celebrates Final Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act “Climate change is the greatest threat facing America’s national parks,” said Michael Murray, Chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks. “The Inflation Reduction Act (Act) will provide an historic investment in our country’s response to that threat, and

New Report Highlights Urgent Need for Federal Oil and Gas Reform to Protect Cultural Landscapes Surrounding National Parks

  July 28, 2022 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Archaeology Southwest and The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (CPANP) released a report on the threats oil and gas development pose to ancestral homelands and sacred sites of Tribes within and adjacent to national parks in the United States. The report looks at five national parks

Member Op-Ed: Yosemite’s sequoias survived the latest wildfire. Not all national parks will be so lucky.

  OPINION – Posted to the LA Times July 25, 2022 BY MARK BUTLER Watching these past weeks as firefighters battled to stop wildfire from spreading into Yosemite National Park’s famous Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia trees was an urgent reminder of the large-scale threat climate change poses to our national parks. Unfortunately, fires like

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 Comments on Nevada’s Proposed Regional Haze State Implementation Plan

  July 25, 2022 Andrew Tucker Nevada Division of Environmental Protection 901 S. Stewart Street, Suite 4001 Carson City, NV 8970 Re: Conservation Organizations’ Comments on the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s Proposed Regional Haze State Implementation Plan for the Second Planning Period Dear Mr. Tucker: National Parks Conservation Association, Sierra Club and Coalition to

Coalition Comments On Hawaii Draft Regional Haze State Implementation Plan

Hawaii has two Class I areas, Haleakalā National Park on Maui Island and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island. DOH-CAB evaluated the following four sources, and proposed the following actions: Based on NPCA’s research, we know these sources contribute to visibility impairment at Hawaii’s Class I areas. As discussed below, we urge DOH-CAB to

Coalition Comments On Idaho Draft Regional Haze State Implementation Plan

Idaho’s two Class I areas, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve and Yellowstone National Park. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve protects a vast “weird and scenic landscape” with remarkable and diverse volcanic features, sagebrush steppe ecosystems, and wilderness, which provides opportunities to explore, understand, and value the rugged and remote

Coalition Joins Comments Regarding the Oklahoma’s Draft Regional Haze State Implementation Plan

  July 1, 2022 Melanie Foster Air Quality Division Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality P.O. Box 1677 Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1677 Re: Public Comments of Conservation Organizations on Oklahoma’s Draft Regional Haze State Implementation Plan for the Second Period Dear Ms. Foster: Please accept these public comments submitted jointly by the Coalition to Protect America’s

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 Leads Effort in Support of Additional FY23 NPS Funding

American Hiking Society * Appalachian Mountain Club * Appalachian Trail Conservancy * Chesapeake Conservancy * Connecticut Forest & Park Association Continental Divide Trail Association * Environmental Action Committee of West Marin * East Bay Regional Park District * Endangered Species Coalition Evangelical Environmental Network * Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Friends of Saguaro National Park *

Coalition Submits Testimony on Various National Parks Bills

Statement for the Record Michael B. Murray Chair of the Executive Council Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Committee on Natural Resources House of Representatives Hearing on Various National Park bills June 14, 2022 Chairman Neguse, Ranking Member Fulcher, and members of the Subcommittee, I am Michael

Coalition Comments on California’s Proposed State Implementation Plan Regional Haze – Round Two

Access Fund * Central Valley Young Environmental Advocates Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks * National Parks Conservation Association * Outdoor Alliance California June 13, 2022 Liane Randolph Chair, California Air Resources Board 1001 I St. Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: Comments on California’s Proposed State Implementation Plan Regional Haze Round Two Dear Ms. Randolph, On behalf

Coalition Recognizes Antiquities Act Anniversary

Coalition Recognizes Antiquities Act Anniversary On June 8, 1906, the Antiquities Act was signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt. This landmark legislation authorizes the President of the United States to proclaim national monuments on federal lands that contain historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, or other objects of historic or scientific interest. In honor

Coalition Participates in Panel on Protecting Cahokia Mounds

United States Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site: Past, Present, and Future Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site, located in Collinsville, Illinois, is the pre-eminent example of a cultural, religious, and economic center of the Mississippian culture (800–1350), which extended throughout the Mississippi Valley and the southeastern United

Coalition Submits Comments on Alaska Regional Haze Plan

  May 24, 2022 Rebecca Smith Division of Air Quality Department of Environmental Conservation P.O. Box 111800 Juneau, Alaska 99811-1800 Re: Organizational Comments on Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Proposed Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (SIP) Dear Ms. Smith: The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks and National Parks Conservation Association (“Organizations”) submit the following

Coalition Joins Protest of June 2022 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale Parcels

The Wilderness Society, Rocky Mountain Wild, Wild Montana, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, National Audubon Society, Audubon Rockies, and Friends of the Earth respectfully protest all parcels in the June 2022 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sales. The Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact, and accompanying documents contain several major flaws that undergird

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 Comments on Proposed Arkansas Regional Haze Plan

  Erika Droke Department of Energy and Environment 5301 Northshore Drive North Little Rock, AR 72118 April 28, 2022 RE: Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, National Parks Conservation Association, and Sierra Club Comments on Arkansas Division of Environmental Quality’s Proposed Regional Haze Planning Period II State Implementation Plan Dear Ms. Droke: Please accept these

Open Letter Regarding Alabama’s Regional Haze State Implementation Plan

Lance LeFleur, Director Ron Gore, Chief of Air Division Alabama Department of Environmental Management P.O. Box 301463 Montgomery, AL 36130-1463 Dear Director LeFleur and Chief Gore: Alabama is one of the most biodiverse states in the country. Our remarkable ecosystems and beautiful scenery make Alabama an attractive destination for nature enthusiasts and drive our tourism

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 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 Comments: Air Tour Management Plan Alternatives for Haleakalā National Park

  April 1, 2022 Ms. Natalie Gates, Superintendent Haleakalā National Park PO Box 369 Makawao, HI 96768 Subject: Potential Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) Alternatives for Haleakalā National Park Dear Superintendent Gates: 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 40,000 years

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 Joins Comments on Montana’s Regional Haze Plan

March 21, 2022 Rhonda Payne Montana Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Bureau 1520 E 6th Avenue Helena, MT 59620-0901 Re: Montana’s Regional Haze State Implementation Plan for the 2nd Implementation Period Dear Ms. Payne: On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we respectfully submit this comment letter on Montana’s Regional Haze State Implementation Plan for

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 Written Comments on American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas

  March 3, 2022 The Honorable Deb Haaland Secretary of the Interior U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington DC 20240 Subject: Comments on American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas, Docket No. DOI-2021-0016 Dear Secretary Haaland: I am writing on behalf of over 2,100 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks

Coalition Reaches out to Director Sams Regarding HR Concerns

  February 17, 2022 Mr. Charles Sams, Director National Park Service 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 2024 Dear Director Sams: I am writing on the behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks. The Coalition is a non-profit organization composed of more than 2,100 retired, former and current employees of the National Park

Coalition Praises Bennet’s Push to Pass Amache Legislation

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 7, 2022 CONTACT: Emily Thompson | Emily_Thompson@protectnps.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

Organizations Send Notice of Intent to Sue EPA Over Failure of Regional Haze Plans

  February 7, 2022 Via Certified and Electronic Mail Michael Regan, Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Ariel Rios Building 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Mail Code 1101A Washington, DC 20460 Re: Notice of Intent to File Suit Under the Clean Air Act for Failure to Make Statutory Completeness Determinations and Findings of Failure to Submit Regional

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 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 Participates in American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas Listening Session

  DOI Listening Session – 30×30 Initiative January 21, 2022 FINAL ORAL STATEMENT Good morning, my name is Russell Galipeau and I represent the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks. I am speaking from the ancestral lands of the Chumash. Our national parks along with congressionally designated Wilderness Areas should serve as core conservation areas,

PETITION TO REDUCE THE RATE OF OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION ON PUBLIC LANDS

BEFORE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR _____________________________________________________ PETITION TO REDUCE THE RATE OF OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION ON PUBLIC LANDS AND WATERS TO NEAR ZERO BY 2035 January 19, 2022 Submitted By 361 CLIMATE, CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, PUBLIC HEALTH, INDIGENOUS, FAITH-BASED, AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS _____________________________________________________ “No more

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 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: ESJActionPlan@cpuc.ca.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

Comments on Proposed revisions of 40 CFR Sections 1502, 1507, and 1508

    November 19, 2021 Council on Environmental Quality 730 Jackson Place Washington, D.C. 20503 Subject: Proposed revisions of 40 CFR Sections 1502, 1507, and 1508 Dear Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ): I am writing to you on behalf of over 2,000 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), a non-profit organization

Coalition Signs on Letter Urging Administration to Overhaul Federal Fossil Fuel Program

November 15, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Biden, You have promised the most ambitious climate agenda of any U.S. administration. During the first nine months of your administration, you have taken many essential actions to deliver on those promises. We applaud your leadership

Comments On Indiana’s Proposed Regional Haze State Implementation Plan

    Ms. Jean Boling Indiana Department of Environmental Management Office of Air Quality, Room 1003 100 North Senate Avenue Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 November 15, 2021 RE: Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association, The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, Just Transition Northwest Indiana, Hoosier Environmental Council, Izaak Walton League, and Save the Dunes Comments

Coalition Joins Partners in Request to DOI to Remove Land Acquisition Provisions from IRB Charter

November 5, 2021 The Honorable Deb Haaland Secretary U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 Dear Secretary Haaland, We, the undersigned organizations, are enthusiastic supporters of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the important work it does to bolster the Administration’s America the Beautiful agenda. We commend your

Coalition Joins Letter Regarding Transmission Line Project Over James River

    November 12, 2021 RE: NAO-2012-00080 Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton Proposal Dear Mr. Nelson and Mr. Meade: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) plans to issue a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton 500kV transmission line across the James River in Virginia, notwithstanding numerous unresolved objections. According to the permitting dashboard

Coalition Signs on in Support of Wildlife Overpasses

  November 11, 2021 The Honorable Gavin Newsom Governor, State of California 1303 10th Street, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 9581 Re: Directing Caltrans to Add Necessary Wildlife Overpasses to Brightline West High-Speed Rail Project Governor Newsom: We write to request that your administration ensures that the proposed Brightline West High-Speed Rail Project (“Project”) includes three

Comments on Air Tour Management Plans for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, Point Reyes National Seashore, and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    November 10, 2021 Subject: Comments on Air Tour Management Plans for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, Point Reyes National Seashore, and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Dear Superintendents Joss, Kenkel, and Brouillette: I am writing on behalf of over 2,000 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National

Coalition Supports Extension of Comment Period for WV’s Regional Haze State Implementation Plan

    November 9, 2021 Laura M. Crowder Director, Division of Air Quality W.V. Department of Environmental Protection 601 57th St. SE Charleston, WV 25304 Re: Requesting Extension of Comment Period for West Virginia’s Regional Haze State Implementation Plan for the Second Implementation Period Dear Ms. Crowder: On behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association,

Coalition Signs on to National Monument Thank You Letter

October 18, 2021 Dear President Biden, Secretary Haaland, Secretary Raimondo, Secretary Vilsack, Chair Mallory, Ms. Gina McCarthy, and Administrator  Spinrad. On behalf of the undersigned organizations and the millions of members and supporters we collectively represent, we enthusiastically thank you for your actions restoring full protections to Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Northeast Canyons and

Comments on North Carolina’s Proposed Regional Haze State Implementation Plan

  October 15, 2021 Randy Strait NC Division of Air Quality 1641 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1641 Comments submitted via email to: daq.publiccomments@ncdenr.gov Re: Conservation Organizations Comments on North Carolina’s Proposed Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (SIP) for North Carolina Class I Areas for the Second Planning Period (2019 – 2028) Dear Mr. Strait:

Coalition Supports Charles F. Sams III as The 19th Director of The National Park Service.

  October 14, 2021 Dear Chairman Manchin and Ranking Member Barrasso: On behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, a non-profit organization representing over 2,000 current and former National Park Service employees, we would like to express our support for President Biden’s nomination of Charles F. Sams III to serve as the 19th

Coalition Celebrates President Biden’s Restoration of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

  WASHINGTON, DC — Late yesterday, it was announced that President Joe Biden will restore protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. In reaction to the announcement, Phil Francis, Chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, a national organization representing current, former, and retired National Park Service employees, issued the following

Comments on Canyonlands 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 Canyonlands 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 is

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

Coalition Comments On Reforms To Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program

  September 2, 2021 The Honorable Joe Manchin Chairman, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Raul Grijalva Chairman, House Natural Resources Committee U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 CC: Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker Nancy Pelosi Dear Chairmen Manchin and Grijalva, We are writing on behalf of

Member Op-Ed: Our national parks need more funding to keep up with rising number of visitors.

  Parks across the country have seen record-breaking numbers of visitors this summer, even as we continue to grapple with the impacts of COVID-19. I’m sure 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. Here in Maine,

GAOA Funds Must Be Available to More Units Across the National Park System

      August 26, 2021 Honorable Deb Haaland Secretary U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20240 Dear Secretary Haaland: Our organizations are writing to express our deep concern about the need to make funding from the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) available to more units across the National Park System.

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

Member Op-Ed: Off-highway vehicles in national parks is a bad idea

    Mike Lee’s bill to allow off-highway vehicles in national parks is a bad idea By Cordell Roy | Special to The Tribune U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, recently introduced two bills in the Senate — S.1526 and S.1527 — that have to do with allowing off-highway vehicle use in our national parks. S.1526,

Coalition Joins Comments on Florida’s Proposed Regional Haze Plan

  July 9, 2021 Ashley Kung Florida Department of Environmental Protection 2600 Blair Stone Road Tallahassee, FL 32301 Re: Conservation Organizations’ Comments on Florida’s Proposed Revisions Regional Haze State Implementation Plan for the Second Implementation Period Dear Ms. Kung: The National Parks Conservation Association, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks and Sierra Club (“Conservation Organizations”)

Coalition Signs On in Opposition to General Management Plan Amendment for Point Reyes National Seashore

June 30, 2021 The Honorable Deb Haaland Secretary of the Interior U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C St. NW Washington, D.C. 20240 RE: Protect Point Reyes National Seashore from industrial agriculture and restore the park for all Americans Dear Secretary Haaland: Our organizations – over 50 in number – have joined together to urge

Member Op-Ed:Biden’s America the Beautiful Plan will help ensure national parks are protected, accessible

  Biden’s America the Beautiful Plan will help ensure national parks are protected, accessible Bill Wade | Special to Tucson Sentinel.com | Jun 29, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic has very visibly demonstrated just how important parks are to Americans. With households across the country spending months in lockdown, a trip to the great outdoors provided much

OPPOSE Large Scale Pumped Storage Budget Proposal – “Eagle Crest Bailout”

  June 25, 2021 Re: OPPOSE Large Scale Pumped Storage Budget Proposal – “Eagle Crest Bailout” Our diverse coalition of organizations representing environmental, community choice aggregation, renewable energy, industrial ratepayer, agricultural, and veteran interests write in strong opposition to a troubling proposal that includes the ratepayer underwriting of the multi-billion-dollar Eagle Crest (also called Eagle

Coalition Continues to Push for Stronger Air Quality Standards

June 10, 2021 President Joe Biden The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20500 Administrator Michael Regan U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20460 RE: Strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone and Particulate Matter Dear Mr. President and Administrator Regan, On behalf of our millions of members

Coalition Submits Testimony for National Park and Public Lands Bills

 Statement for the Record Philip A. Francis, Jr. Chair of the Executive Council Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests & Mining Committee on Energy & Natural Resources United States Senate Hearing on Various National Park and Public Lands Bills  June 16, 2021 Senator Cortez Masto, Senator Lee, and members of

Coalition Lends Support to Revocation of MBTA “Jan 7” Rule

  June 7, 2021 BY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION Via Federal eRulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov Attn: FWS-HQ-MB-2018-0090 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: JAO/3W Falls Church, VA 22041 Re: Docket No. FWS–HQ–MB–2018–0090, Regulations Governing Take of Migratory Birds; Proposed Rule Please accept the following comments submitted by the Southern Environmental Law Center (“SELC”) on behalf of

Organizations Request Extension of Comment Period for MI Regional Haze State Plan

        Bob Irvine Air Quality Division Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy Constitution Hall P.O. Box 30260 Lansing, MI 48909-7760  Re: Requesting Extension of Comment Period for Michigan’s Regional Haze State Implementation Plan for the Second Implementation Period. Dear Mr. Irvine: On behalf of the Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation

Coalition Signs On to OH Regional Haze Public Comment Extension Request

        May 20, 2021 Holly Kaloz Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, DAPC Lazarus Government Center P.O. Box 1049 Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 (614) 644-3632 Re: Conservation Organizations’ Request for an Extension of Comment Period for Ohio’s Regional Haze State Implementation Plan for the Second Implementation Period. Dear Ms. Kaloz: On behalf of the Sierra Club, National Parks

Coalition Supports President Biden’s America the Beautiful Conservation Plan

  The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Says Biden’s Ambitious Plan is Needed to Address America’s Climate Crises and Help Protect Our Parks WASHINGTON, DC — Today, President Biden announced his Administration’s new conservation plan, laying out an ambitious effort to conserve more of America’s majestic and beautiful lands, waters, and wildlife, and increase

North Carolina Regional Haze Letter

April 29, 2021 Secretary Dionne Delli-Gatti Michael Abraczinskas, Director, Division of Air Quality North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality 217 West Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27603 Dear Secretary Delli-Gatti and Mr. Abraczinskas: On behalf of the below-listed community, health, and conservation groups, we are concerned that North Carolina is heading toward violating its obligations under

Coalition Continues to Advocate for NPS COVID-19 Data

  April 27, 2021 CAPT Sara B. Newman, DrPH, MCP, USPHS Director, Office of Public Health National Park Service 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington, DC  20240 Subject: NPS Covid-19 Response Program and Data Dear Captain Newman: Thank you again for speaking with us last week regarding the National Park Service (NPS) Covid-19 response program and

Coalition Signs on to Pennsylvania Regional Haze Letter

April 19, 2021 Mark Hammond, Director Bureau of Air Quality Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Rachel Carson State Office Building 400 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17101 Re: Regional Haze, Second Planning Period Dear Mr. Hammond: We are writing regarding the Department of Environmental Protection’s implementation plan for regional haze in the second planning period, which the

Coalition Applauds Secretary’s Orders to Repeal Energy Dominance Policies

  Release Date: April 16, 2021 Media Contact: Emily Thompson, Emily_Thompson@protectnps.org, 202-758-3936 Coalition Applauds Secretary’s Orders to Repeal Energy Dominance Policies Today, Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, issued two Secretarial Orders (SO) to prioritize action on climate change throughout the Interior Department and to restore transparency and integrity in the Department’s decision-making processes. Secretary

Coalition signs on to Protect National Trails

   April 15, 2021  The Honorable Deb Haaland Secretary of the Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, NW, MS 5311 Washington, DC 20240  Re: Department of the Interior Oil and Gas Leasing Program Review Under Executive Order 14008  Dear Madam Secretary:  Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments related to the Department of

Coalition Signs on To Letter Urging DOI Action to Reform Leasing Program

April 15, 2021 The Honorable Deb Haaland Secretary of the Interior 1849 C Street Washington, D.C. 20240 Dear Secretary Haaland: Thank you for the opportunity to provide recommendations on the Interior Department’s review of the federal onshore oil and gas program. We wholeheartedly support this review, as the onshore program requires sweeping, top-to-bottom reform – to eliminate

Coalition Submits Comments on DOI Fossil Fuels Program Review

  April 12, 2021 The Honorable Debra Haaland Secretary of Interior U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C St. NW Washington, D.C. 20240 Dear Secretary Haaland, I am writing to you on behalf of over 1,900 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), a non-profit organization composed of retired, former, and current

Coalition Submits Comments on Draft E-Bike Study

  April 5, 2021 Jonah Chiarenza Transportation Planner, Transportation Planning Division Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, U.S. DOT Subject: Comments on Draft FHWA study proposal regarding “E-bikes on Public Lands” Dear Mr. Chiarenza: I am writing to you on behalf of over 1,900 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), a non-profit

Coalition Submits Budget Recommendations for Committee Hearing

The Coalition submitted its FY 2022 NPS Budget Recommendations as part of the official record for the House Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing entitled “Building Back Better: Examining the Future of America’s Public Lands.”   FY 2022 National Park Service Budget Recommendations from the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks     EXECUTIVE SUMMARY At a time when

Coalition Comments on DOI Public Forum

  “We strongly agree with Secretary Haaland’s Interior Department; our nation’s federal oil and gas leasing system is in need of holistic reform,” said Phil Francis, Chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks. “It is an outdated system that threatens our climate, wildlife, clean air and water, public lands, and national parks.” President

Coalition Joins Petition to EPA On Regional Haze Guidelines

March 16, 2021 Michael S. Regan, Administrator Office of the Administrator (1101A) United States Environmental Protection Agency William Jefferson Clinton Building 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20460 Re: Regional Haze Guidance Petition for Reconsideration: Priority Issues Dear Administrator Regan: National Parks Conservation Association, Sierra Club, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, Appalachian Mountain Club,

Coalition and NPCA Send Letter to Interior Regarding Concerns at Big Cypress National Preserve

  March 16, 2021 Ms. Shannon Estenoz Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife and Parks US DOI, Office of the Secretary Washington, DC 20240 Mr. Shawn Benge Deputy Director, Operations Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Director, National Park Service 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20240 Dear Deputy Assistant Secretary

Coalition Joins Comments on Spaceport Coastal Consistency

March 8, 2021 Mr. Doug Haymans Director Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division One Conservation Way Brunswick, GA 31520 RE: Proposed Coastal Consistency Determination For Spaceport Camden Dear Director Haymans: On behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s Parks, Georgia Audubon, the National Parks Conservation Association, One Hundred Miles, the Satilla Riverkeeper, and Wild Cumberland,

Coalition Contacts Virginia SHPO Regarding Transmission Line DEIS

Subject:  Dominion Power Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton Transmission Line Project Dear Director Langan: I am writing on behalf of over 1,800 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), whose membership is comprised of retired, former, or current National Park Service (NPS) employees. As a group we collectively represent over 40,000 years of experience managing

Coalition Encourages More Diversity Within National Park System

  Black History Month provides us with an opportunity to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans. It is also a time to reflect on the work we must do to address the historic, substantial challenges facing people of color in our country today. This is especially true in our national parks, which should

Coalition Continues to Submit FOIA Requests for COVID 19 Numbers

February 5, 2021 Charis Wilson, FOIA Officer, P.O. Box 25287 12795 W. Alameda Parkway Denver, CO 80225 Subject:  Freedom of Information Act Request Dear Ms. Wilson: This is a request under the Freedom of Information Improvement Act of 2016 (Public Law No. 114-185) submitted on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks. This

Coalition Member and Former NPS Director Leads The Restoration Project

The Restoration Project has produced a tactical plan previously shared with the Biden transition team and now made public. The Restoration Project: Reversing the Environmental Harms of the Trump Administration is available at https://rproject.world/. You can also read an accompanying op-ed in the Guardian. The project was led by Jon Jarvis (former National Park Service Director under

Success Story: Safeguarding the Protection Ranger Profession

In June 2016, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a classification appeal involving an encumbered position in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, tasked primarily with performing investigative work, from the 0025 Park Ranger (Protection) occupational series, to the 1801, General Inspections, Investigation, Enforcement and Compliance series. In issuing this appeal, OPM stated that

Coalition Supports Halt On New Oil and Gas Drilling On Public Lands and Waters

1.25.2021 The Honorable Joseph R. Biden President of the United States The Honorable Debra Haaland Secretary-designate Department of the Interior Dear President Biden and Secretary-designate Haaland, Congratulations on your election victory. We look forward to working with you to preserve and protect America’s national parks. We are writing on behalf of over 1,800 members of

Coalition Files Join Amicus Brief in Opposition to Rollback Rule

  The Clean Air Act’s program of pollution reduction also seeks to protect natural resources and ecosystems, including those conserved by national parks. The Act generally directs the EPA to take regulatory action to reduce air pollution where emissions would endanger “public health and welfare.” Moreover, the CAA explicitly protects the unique vulnerability of national

Coalition Strongly Opposes National Garden of American Heroes

  1.22.21 Ms. Shannon Estenoz Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Department of the Interior Washington, D.C. 20240 Dear Deputy Assistant Secretary Estenoz, We are writing on behalf of over 1,800 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), a non-profit organization composed of retired, former, or current employees

Coalition Applauds Federal Mask Mandate

January 22, 2021 Media Contact: Emily Thompson, Emily_Thompson@protectnps.org, 202-758-3936 Coalition Applauds Federal Mask Mandate President Biden recently signed an Executive Order that requires all federal employees and contractors, as well as visitors, to wear masks in federal buildings and on federal lands. It also directs those on federal property to maintain physical distance, and adhere

Second Century Action Coalition Releases Priorities for National Parks

Priorities for the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition For more than a century, our national parks have remained America’s favorite places, important pieces of our natural and cultural heritage set aside for future generations to explore and enjoy. In 2019, 328 million park visitors spent an estimated $21 billion in local gateway communities while

Coalition Joins Comments Regarding Migratory Bird Treaty Act

  Dr. Eric Kershner Attn: FWS-HQ-MB-2018-0090 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service MS: JAO/1N 5275 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 eric_kershner@fws.gov Re: Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2018-0090, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Regulations Governing Take of Migratory Birds Dear Dr. Kershner: The Southern Environmental Law Center submits these comments on behalf of the 31 undersigned organizations, which work

Coalition Calls on DOI for Transparency and Leadership 

  The Washington Monument Was Shut Down After Secretary Bernhardt, Who Had Been “Giving Private, Nighttime Tours,” Tests Positive for Coronavirus A recent internal Interior report revealed that over 2,000 Department of the Interior (DOI) employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and 17 have died. And while the pandemic continues to rage across the country, Secretary Bernhardt

Coalition Weighs In on Bernhardt’s Reckless Behavior

By Washington Post – Juliet Eilperin and Darryl Fears Interior shuts Washington Monument after interior secretary tests positive for the coronavirus Park Service staff say they may have been exposed when David Bernhardt led a private, after-hours tour Officials have taken the extraordinary step of closing the Washington Monument starting Friday as a precaution after

Coalition Comments on CO Air Quality Regulator’s Reversal of Decision

Colorado Air Quality Regulator Reverses Decision to Retire Coal Plants Early Air Quality Control Commission sides with corporate polluters over decision to force the early retirement of three coal plants. Denver, CO – Today, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted to reverse its decision to accelerate the retirements of three Colorado coal units

Coalition Joins 500+ Organizations in Letter to President-Elect Biden

December 15, 2020 President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Biden-Harris Transition Team 1401 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20001 Re: Day one promise to ban new federal fossil fuel leasing and permitting on public lands and waters Dear President-elect Biden, Congratulations on winning the presidential election and thank you for your slate of promised executive actions

Coalition Submits Letter in Support of National Defense Authorization Act

November 19, 2020 Dear Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Manchin, Chairman Inhofe and Ranking Member Reed, Chairman Grijalva and Ranking Member Bishop, Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Thornberry, On behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, a non-profit organization representing over 1,900 current and former National Park Service employees, we would like to

Coalition Supports Inclusion of Wildlife Overcrossings in XpressWest High-Speed Rail Project Design

Re: Adding Necessary Wildlife Overcrossings to XpressWest High-Speed Rail Project Design Treasurer Ma, Director Omishakin and Director Bonham: We write to request that your agencies coordinate to ensure that the proposed XpressWest High-Speed Rail Project (“Project”) includes wildlife overcrossings, which are necessary to avoid the permanent blockage of critical California wildlife corridors resulting from the

Coalition: The Secretary Bernhardt’s Attempt to Undermine LWCF is Unacceptable

  WASHINGTON, DC — Moments ago, Secretary David Bernhardt announced that the Interior Department would issue new orders that will impose unnecessary, top-down requirements that will potentially delay the National Park Service’s ability to address its over $5 billion backlog of land acquisition needs. In reaction to the announcement, Phil Francis, Chair of the Coalition

Coalition: NEPA Directive a “Waste of Taxpayer Money.”

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/10/20 MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Thompson; Emily_Thompson@protectnps.org; 202-758-3936 Coalition Calls NEPA Directive a “Waste of Taxpayer Money.” The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo directing federal agencies to prioritize aligning their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures with the finalized Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations. These regulations came

Coalition Pushes for More Description Regarding GAOA Maintenance List

Coalition Chair Phil Francis spoke with National Parks Traveler regarding DOI’s “priority list for tackling deferred maintenance projects in the National Park System and other public lands with funds generated through the Great American Outdoors Act.” While the list was presented to Congress, it failed to provide detailed descriptions of the projects. “It just seems to

Coalition Concerned Over Failure to Hit LWCF Project Deadline

  As per the guidance laid out in the Dingell Act of 2019 and the Great American Outdoors Act of 2020, the Department of the Interior was required to publish a list of allocations for the full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund by November 2, 2020. The Trump Administration missed this

Coalition Signs on to Comments Regarding USFS Proposed Revision to Oil and Gas Regs

November 2, 2020 Submitted via regulations.gov  USDA-Forest Service Attn: Director-MGM Staff 1617 Cole Boulevard, Building 17 Lakewood, CO 80401 Re: Proposed revisions to Oil and Gas Resources regulations, 36 CFR Part 228, Subpart E RIN 0596-AD33 To Whom It May Concern: The undersigned submit these comments on the proposed rule issued by the Forest Service

Coalition Discusses the Future of the NPS in NPT Podcast

November 1st, 2020 How might the 2020 presidential election impact the National Park Service? Former National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, Kristen Brengel, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Parks Conservation Association, and Phil Francis, chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, discuss that question. Listen to the Podcast  

Decision to Open Up Tongass National Forest to Development is Devastating

  The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks slammed President Trump’s decision to open up Tongass National Forest to logging and industry, jeopardizing the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest. This forest has been called the “lungs of the country,” and is home to numerous and diverse species and old-growth forest. Phil Francis, Chair of the