Coalition Testifies in Support of SB983, the MD bill to phase-out lead ammunition

Written Testimony in support of SB983 RE: SB 983 – Lead Ammunition Phase-Out – SUPPORT February 27, 2024 The Honorable Brian J. Feldman Chair, Senate Education, Energy, and the Environment Committee Maryland General Assembly Annapolis, MD 21401 The Honorable Cheryl C. Kagan Vice Chair, Senate Education, Energy, and the Environment Committee Maryland General Assembly Annapolis,

Coalition Thanks Senator Van Hollen and Representative Sarbanes on Supporting S. 2620 and H.R. 5045, the Chesapeake National Recreation Area Act

  February 27, 2024 The Honorable Chris Van Hollen U.S. Senate 730 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable John Sarbanes U.S. House of Representatives 2370 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 RE: Support for the Chesapeake National Recreation Area S. 2620 and H.R. 5045 Dear Senator Van Hollen and Representative Sarbanes:

Coalition Urges Congress to Swiftly Pass a Spending Plan that Prioritizes the Protection of Parks and Public Lands

  For release: February 26, 2024 Contact: Emily Thompson, Em************@pr********.org Coalition Urges Congress to Swiftly Pass a Spending Plan that Prioritizes the Protection of Parks and Public Lands With a potential shutdown of the federal government looming on the horizon, our national parks and public lands are once again at risk. Congress has only a

Coalition Supports Dearfield Special Resource Study

The National Park Service (NPS) is conducting a Special Resource Study of the historic Dearfield settlement in Weld County, Colorado, to identify whether it meets the criteria recommended for potential inclusion as a unit of the national park system. Dearfield was established by Oliver Toussaint Jackson in 1910 and was the most prominent African American homesteading settlement

Coalition Urges Phase Out of Poisonous Lead Ammunition in Sport Hunting in Maryland

  February 23, 2024   Subject:  Support of Maryland’s HB 1473   Dear Delegate:   I am writing to you on behalf of over 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), a non-profit organization composed of retired, former, or current employees of the National Park Service (NPS). The Coalition studies, educates,

Coalition Supports Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park Visitor Use Management Plan

  February 14, 2024 Tracy Stakely Superintendent Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park 1214 Middle Street Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 Subject: Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie Dock Replacement Environmental Assessment Dear Superintendent Stakely: I am writing on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who

Coalition Highlights Success of GAOA in Interview with Billings Gazette

Great American investments: National park projects accelerate with funding Brett French Feb 4, 2024 Yellowstone National Park has bustled with construction activity in recent years, and not just because the record-breaking flood of 2022 wiped out roads, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure. The Great American Outdoors Act, passed by Congress in a bipartisan vote in

Coalition Joins Comments on the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management 2024 Second Quarter Oil & Gas Lease Sale

THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY COALITION TO PROTECT AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS * FRIENDS OF THE EARTH US * NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION * ROCKY MOUNTAIN WILD * POWDER RIVER BASIN RESOURCE COUNCIL * WYOMING OUTDOOR COUNCIL February 08, 2024 SUBMITTED VIA E-PLANNING Andrew Archuleta State Director Wyoming Bureau of Land Management 5353 Yellowstone Road Cheyenne, WY 82009

Coalition Joins Comments on EPA Disapproval of Kansas Regional Haze Plan

  January 30, 2024 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 11201 Renner Blvd. Lenexa, KS 66219 Electronic Filing via Regulations.gov Re: Comments on Proposed Air Plan Disapproval; Kansas; Regional Haze [EPA Docket No. EPA–R07–OAR–2023–0582] The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Sierra Club, and the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (collectively, the Conservation Groups) submit

Coalition Comments on Use of Fixed Anchors and Fixed Equipment in National Park Service Wilderness Areas

  January 25, 2024 Roger Semler Wilderness Stewardship Division Manager National Park Service 1849 C Street NW, MS–2457 Washington, DC 20240 Subject: Evaluation and Authorization Procedures for Fixed Anchors and Fixed Equipment in National Park Service Wilderness Areas Dear Mr. Semler: I am writing on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the Coalition to

Coalition Provides Comments on Historic Structure Demolition at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

  January 15, 2024 Charles Sellars Superintendent New River Gorge National Park and Preserve National Park Service Post Office Box 246 104 Main Street Glen Jean, WV 25846 Re: Excess Structures and Deferred Maintenance Dear Superintendent Sellars: I write to you on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National

Coalition Speaks with Federal Times about and Shutdowns and Employee Morale

National Parks need $22 billion to address growing maintenance backlog By Molly Weisner Jan 11 at 12:30 PM Land management agencies within the U.S. Department of Interior saw steep increases in repair backlogs, prompting urgent discussions in Congress about how to approach the upcoming reauthorization of a public lands maintenance fund that expires in 2025. Agencies defer needed repairs or

Coalition Joins Comments on Parcels for the Nevada Bureau of Land Management 2024 Second Quarter Competitive Oil & Gas Lease Sale

THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY COALITION TO PROTECT AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS * FRIENDS OF THE EARTH US * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * ROCKY MOUNTAIN WILD December 27, 2023 SUBMITTED VIA E-PLANNING Jon Raby State Director Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Project Contacts: Concetta Brown cc*****@bl*.gov (775) 289-1885 Re: Scoping comments on parcels for the Nevada Bureau

Coalition Joins Comments on the Bureau of Land Management New Mexico 2024 Competitive Oil & Gas Lease Sale Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact

THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY COALITION TO PROTECT AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS * FRIENDS OF THE EARTH US * MONTANA WILDLIFE FEDERATION * NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION * ROCKY MOUNTAIN WILD   December 20, 2023  SUBMITTED VIA E-PLANNING  Melanie Barnes New Mexico State Director Bureau of Land Management  301 Dinosaur Trail  Santa Fe, NM 87508  Project Contacts:  Catherine Brewster

Coalition Joins Comments for the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road

Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council ● Alaska Community Action on Toxics ● Alaskans for Wildlife ● Alaska Soles, Great Old Broads for Wilderness ● Alaska Wilderness League ● Alaska Wildlife Alliance ● All About Adventure ● Audubon Alaska ● Brooks Range Council ● Center for Biological Diversity ● Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks ●

Coalition Joins Comments on the Montana-Dakotas BLM 2024 Competitive Oil & Gas Lease Sale Draft EA and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact

THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY COALITION TO PROTECT AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS * FRIENDS OF THE EARTH UNITED STATES * NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * ROCKY MOUNTAIN WILD December 18, 2023 SUBMITTED VIA E-PLANNING Sonya Germann State Director Bureau of Land Management, Montana/Dakotas (406) 896-5012 Project Contacts: Hattie Payne Bureau of Land Management

Coalition Joins General Support Letter for Senate FY 24 Interior Appropriations Bill

December 13, 2023 The Honorable Chuck Schumer Senate Majority Leader The Honorable Mitch McConnell Senate Minority Leader The Honorable Patty Murray Chair, Committee on Appropriations The Honorable Susan Collins Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations The Honorable Jeff Merkley Chair, Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee The Honorable Lisa Murkowski Ranking Member, Interior, Environment  Appropriations

Coalition and NPCA Provide Comments on Rocky Mountain National Park Long-Range Day Use Visitor Access Strategy and Environmental Assessment

  December 13, 2023 Gary Ingram, Superintendent Rocky Mountain National Park 1000 US Highway 36 Estes Park, Colorado 80517 RE: Rocky Mountain National Park Long-Range Day Use Visitor Access Strategy and Environmental Assessment Dear Superintendent Ingram: On behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and our nearly 1.6 million members and supporters nationwide, including

Coalition Supports Quick Review of the Federal Retirement Fairness Act (H.R. 5995)

  December 8, 2023         The Honorable James Comer, Chairman House Committee on Oversight and Accountability 2157 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515   The Honorable Jamie Raskin, Ranking Member House Committee on Oversight and Accountability 2157 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515   The Honorable Pete Sessions, Chairman House

Coalition Comments on Director’s Order 36: Housing Management

  December 5, 2023 Mike Caldwell Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities, and Lands National Park Service 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20240 Subject: Comments on Director’s Order #36: Housing Management (D.O. 36) Dear Associate Director Caldwell: I write to you on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National

Coalition Supports Mimbres Peaks National Monument Designation

Release Date: December 6, 2023 Media Contact: Emily Thompson Coalition Supports Mimbres Peaks National Monument Designation Today, a diverse coalition of elected officials, organizations, and community members launched a campaign in support of the Mimbres Peaks National Monument. The group has identified over 245,000 acres in the Mimbres Peaks – the Good Sight Mountains, Florida

Member Op-Ed: California’s majestic desert must be preserved. This proposal can help.

  As the former superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park — and a 38-year career employee for the National Park Service — I have seen the undeniable benefits that come with conserving our public lands. Nowhere has this become more clear than in the California desert, where conservation efforts have nurtured a growing and sustainable

Coalition Sign on in Opposition to H.R. 6009, the Restoring American Energy Dominance Act

October 25, 2023 Re: House National Resources Committee Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Hearing on H.R. 6009, the Restoring American Energy Dominance Act Chairman Stauber, Ranking Member Ocasio-Cortez, and members of the House Natural Resources Committee’ Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources: On behalf of the undersigned conservation, climate, and public lands organizations, we write

Coalition Joins Comments on the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management 2024 Second Quarter Competitive Oil & Gas Lease Sale

THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY AUDUBON ROCKIES * COALITION TO PROTECT AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS * FRIENDS OF THE EARTH * MONTANA WILDLIFE FEDERATION * NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL   November 15, 2023 SUBMITTED VIA E-PLANNING Andrew Archuleta State Director Wyoming Bureau of Land Management 5353 Yellowstone Road Cheyenne, WY 82009 Project Contacts:

Coalition Joins Comments on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Draft Resource Management Plan and EIS

Grand Canyon Trust – Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance – The Wilderness Society – Western Watersheds Project – National Parks Conservation Association – Center for Biological Diversity – Project Eleven Hundred – Western Resource Advocates – Conservation Lands Foundation – WildEarth Guardians – Coalition to Protect America’s Parks – Sierra Club Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Draft

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

Coalition Joins Comments on the Proposed Nebraska Regional Haze State Implementation Plan

  November 8, 2023 Tracy Wharton Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy Legal Division P.O. Box 98922 Lincoln, NE 68509-8922 Re: Conservation Groups’ Comments on the State of Nebraska’s Proposed Regional Haze State Implementation Plan for the Second Implementation Period Dear Ms. Wharton, The National Parks Conservation Association, Sierra Club, and the Coalition to Protect

Coalition Joins Letter Expressing Concern Over Forest Bills

October 24, 2023 Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Chair Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Public Lands, Forests & Mining Subcommittee U.S. Senate Washington, DC Senator Mike Lee Ranking Member Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Public Lands, Forests & Mining Subcommittee U.S. Senate Washington, DC Dear Chair Cortez Masto and Ranking Member Lee: We write

Coalition Signs On in Opposition to House Interior Appropriations Bill

October 25, 2023 United States House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Re: Please oppose H.R. 4821, the 2024 interior bill, which would eviscerate environmental protections, decimate historic climate progress in the Inflation Reduction Act, green light harmful poison pill anti-environmental riders, and so much more Dear Representative, On behalf of our millions of members and

Coalition Signs on to Letter Urging President Biden to Rescind Border Wall Waivers

October 16, 2023 President Joseph R. Biden The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Re: We urge your administration to rescind Sec. Mayorkas’ discretionary border wall waiver and restore legal protections to border communities and wildlife Dear President Biden: We write to express our profound dismay and opposition to Secretary Mayorkas’ waiver

Coalition Comments on Visitor Use Management at Grand Teton National Park

  October 5, 2023 Chip Jenkins Superintendent Grand Teton National Park Post Office Drawer 170 Moose, WY 83012 Subject: Comments on Visitor Use Management at Grand Teton National Park Dear Superintendent Jenkins: I write to you on behalf of more than 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent

Coalition Joins Comments On Proposed Phase 2 Regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act

The Honorable Brenda Mallory Chair, Council on Environmental Quality 730 Jackson Place, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20503 Re: Docket Number 2023-0003 Dear Chair Mallory: This letter represents the collective comments of 88 organizations representing millions of members and supporters regarding the proposed Phase 2 regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Our members care deeply

Coalition Offers Comments on Visitor Use Management at Glacier National Park

  September 28, 2023 Dave Roemer Superintendent Post Office Box 128 West Glacier, MT 59936 Subject: Comments on Visitor Use Management at Glacier National Park Dear Superintendent Roemer: I am writing to you on behalf of over 2,500 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent more than 45,000 years

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 Potential Government Shutdown and Parks

  Going to the Airport Soon? A Government Shutdown Could Snarl Your Plans TSA, air-traffic-control and customs staffers would be required to keep working, but fliers should prepare for delays By Allison Pohle Updated Sept. 26, 2023 at 11:47 am ET Travelers are wondering whether a potential U.S. government shutdown would thwart their upcoming flights

Coalition Comments on Proposed Approval of Maryland’s Air Quality Implementation Plan

  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 Four Penn Center 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029 Re: Comments on Proposed Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan for the Second Implementation Period [EPA Docket ID No. EPA–R03–OAR–2022–0912] The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, National Parks

The Coalition Thanks Secretary Haaland for Visit to Molok Luyuk

  Date: 9/25/23 The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Thanks Secretary Haaland for Visit to Molok Luyuk Secretary Haaland recently visited Molok Luyuk in Northern California, a landscape of natural and cultural significance located along the eastern edge of Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Tribal, congressional and local community leaders have called on President

Coalition Urges Congress to Pass a Continuing Resolution and Invest in Public Lands

September 22, 2023 Dear Members of Congress, We, the members of the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition, and friends of the coalition write to express our strong support for a continuing resolution to keep our government open until Congress can pass Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) spending bills that invest in our parks, forests and

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

Coalition Comments on BLM’s Proposed Rule on Fluid Mineral Leases and the Leasing Process

  September 13, 2023 Ms. Tracy Stone-Manning Director, Bureau of Land Management 1849 C St. NW, Room 5646 Washington, DC 20240 Attention: 1004–AE80 Subject:  BLM Proposed Rule on Fluid Minerals Leases and Leasing Process, RIN 1004–AE78 Dear Director Stone-Manning: I am writing on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), a non-profit

Coalition Comments Comments on the BLM Nevada 2023 Fourth Quarter Oil and Gas Competitive Lease Sale Draft E.A. and Finding of No Significant Impact

THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY COALITION TO PROTECT AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS * FRIENDS OF THE EARTH UNITED STATES * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * NEVADA WILDLIFE FEDERATION * ROCKY MOUNTAIN WILD September 7, 2023 Jon Raby State Director Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Contacts: Melissa Jennings Bureau of Land Management Scott Distel Bureau of Land Management Eugene

Coalition and Others Voice Concerns about Transmission Line Project near Jamestown

August 29, 2023 The Honorable Tommy Beaudreau Deputy Secretary U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C St. NW Washington, D.C. 20240 RE: Army Corps of Engineers NAO-2012-0080 Dominion Energy Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton Proposal Dear Deputy Secretary Beaudreau: We are writing on behalf of the undersigned organizations to express our ongoing concerns about the Army Corps-managed environmental

Coalition Joins Comments on Endangered Species Act Regulatory Revisions

  August 21, 2023 Public Comments Processing Attn: FWS–HQ–ES–2021–0104 Attn: FWS–HQ–ES–2021–0107 Attn: FWS–HQ–ES–2023–0018 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service MS: PRB (JAO/3W) 5275 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22041–3803 Re: Comments on Endangered Species Act Regulatory Revisions – Dockets FWS–HQ– ES–2021–0104; FWS–HQ–ES–2021–0107; FWS–HQ–ES–2023–0018 The Southern Environmental Law Center (“SELC”) submits the following comments on revisions proposed

Coalition Signs on in Support of Additional Protections for Minidoka NHS

          October 10, 2023 The Honorable Deb Haaland Secretary U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20240 Dear Secretary Haaland: We are Japanese American and Alaska Native survivors, who were wrongfully incarcerated during World War II at Minidoka. We are joined by Minidoka descendants and allies. We

Coalition Celebrates the Designation of Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument

Release Date: August 8, 2023 Media Contact: Emily Thompson, Em************@pr********.org Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Celebrates the Designation of Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument Today, President Biden used his authority under the Antiquities Act designate the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand

Coalition Signs on in Opposition to U.S. House of Representatives FY 24 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

July 18, 2023 Dear Chairwoman Granger, Ranking Member DeLauro and Appropriations Committee Members, We, the members of the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition, urge you to oppose the U.S. House of Representatives Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The bill cuts the National Park Service (NPS) budget by $436

Coalition Praises Biden Administration for Hosting Public Meeting Advancing Creation of Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni N.M.

Coalition Praises Biden Administration for Hosting Public Meeting Advancing Creation of Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni National Monument Mike Murray, Chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, issued the following statement on the public meeting held by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service in Flagstaff, Arizona, to hear from the

Coalition Joins Over 125 Groups in Call for BLM to Conserve Freshwater Resources as Part of the Public Lands Rule

July 5, 2023 Director Tracy Stone-Manning Bureau of Land Management U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C St. NW, Room 5646 Washington, DC 20240 Attention: 1004–AE92 Director Stone-Manning, The undersigned organizations value watershed health, clean water, and healthy streams and rivers and are writing in support of the Conservation and Landscape Health rulemaking. As the

Coalition Supports Phase-Out of Lead Ammunition and Fishing Tackle on National Wildlife Refuges

June 27, 2023 Subject: Groups Support Phase-Out of Lead Ammunition and Fishing Tackle on National Wildlife Refuges, Urge Opposition to H.R. 615 and S.1185 Dear Representative, We the undersigned organizations are writing in support of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decision to not allow lead on newly opened National Wildlife Refuge hunting lands

Coalition Strongly Opposes H.R. 3025 – To provide for no net increase in the total acreage of Federal land in the Virgin Islands National Park

  Statement for the Record Michael B. Murray Chair of the Executive Council, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Subcommittee on Federal Lands, Committee on Natural Resources U.S. House of Representatives Hearing on H.R. 3025, to provide for no net increase in the total acreage of Federal land in the Virgin Islands National Park on

Coalition Supports Expansion of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

  Release Date: June 26, 2023 Media Contact: Emily Thompson, Em************@pr********.org Coalition Supports Expansion of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Today, Representative Judy Chu and Senator Alex Padilla of California have asked President Biden to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to add over 109,000 acres to the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

Coalition Comments Comments on the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management 2023 Fourth Quarter Oil and Gas Lease Sale Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact

 THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY  COALITION TO PROTECT AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS * FRIENDS OF THE EARTH * NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * POWDER RIVER BASIN RESOURCE COUNCIL * ROCKY MOUNTAIN WILD * WYOMING OUTDOOR COUNCIL * WYOMING WILDERNESS ASSOCIATION   June 20, 2023 Andrew Archuleta  State Director Wyoming Bureau of Land Management

Coalition Comments On BLM Proposed Rule on Conservation and Landscape Health

  June 16, 2023 Ms. Tracy Stone-Manning Director, Bureau of Land Management 1849 C St. NW, Room 5646 Washington, DC 20240, Attention: 1004–AE92 Subject:  BLM Proposed Rule on Conservation and Landscape Health Dear Director Stone-Manning: I am writing on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), a non-profit organization whose membership is

Coalition Comments On Air Tour Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Mount Rushmore National Memorial

  June 14, 2023 Ms. Michelle Wheatley, Superintendent Mount Rushmore National Memorial 13000 Highway 244 Building 31, Suite 1 Keystone, SD 57751 Subject:  Proposed Air Tour Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Mount Rushmore National Memorial Dear Superintendent Wheatley: I am writing on behalf of over 2,400 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition),

Coalition Joins Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon NM NGO Letter of Support

Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument Support June 6, 2023 President Joe Biden The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Biden: We express our strong support for the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition and its request that you issue a proclamation to establish the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand

Organizations Oppose S.1185, Support Sportspeople-Led Conservation and Secretarial Land Stewardship

The Honorable Senator United States Senate 118th Congress 15 May, 2023 Subject: Organizations Oppose S.1185, Support Sportspeople-Led Conservation and Secretarial Land Stewardship Dear Senator, The undersigned conservation groups are writing in staunch opposition to S.1185 – Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act of 2023. S.1185 would prohibit the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture from

Coalition Applauds Protections for Chaco Landscape

  Release Date: June 5, 2023 Media Contact: Emily Thompson Em************@pr********.org 202-758-3936 Last week, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland ordered a 20-year mineral withdrawal of public lands within a 10-mile radius of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park (NHP). This action will help to protect the cultural and historic resources surrounding Chaco Culture NHP

Coalition Joins Organizations with Significant Concerns Over I-15 Wildlife Crossings Trailer Bill

  May 31, 2023 The Honorable Laura Friedman, Chair Assembly Transportation Committee 1020 N Street Room 112 Sacramento, California 95814 Re: Administration’s “Direct Contracting Public-Private Partnership Authority I-15 Wildlife Crossings” Trailer Bill – Significant Concerns and Request for Amendments Dear Chair Friedman: We write regarding the Administration’s Direct Contracting Public-Private Partnership Authority I-15 Wildlife Crossings

Coalition Joins Opposition to HR 1380 (PARC Act)

Alliance for the Wild Rockies • Animals Are Sentient Beings • Bitterroot Audubon • Blue Ridge Land Conservancy • Bozeman Broadband, Great Old Broads for Wilderness • California Chaparral Institute • Californians for Western Wilderness • Center for Biological Diversity • Central Virginia Land Conservancy • Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks • Conservation Congress

Coalition Thanks Secretary Haaland for Visit to Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni

Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Thanks Secretary Haaland for Visit to Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Earlier today, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visited Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni, a proposed national monument of 1.1 million acres with cultural connections to at least 12 Tribes and Nations. This Indigenous-led proposal dates back decades to numerous efforts to

Coalition Chair on Conservation and Air Tours at Mount Rushmore

Aerial tours of Mount Rushmore could soon be grounded There is currently a proposal by the National Parks Service and the Federal Trade Aviation Administration seeking public input on whether air tours for Mount Rushmore and the Badlands should be eliminated. By Juliana Alford Published: May. 16, 2023   RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) – When

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,

Statement for the Record of Michael B. Murray, Chair of the Executive Council, CPANP to Committee on Natural Resources Legislative Hearing on the “Save Our Sequoias Act”

  Statement for the Record Michael B. Murray Chair of the Executive Council, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Committee on Natural Resources United States House of Representatives Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2989, the “Save Our Sequoias Act” May 10, 2023 Chairman Westerman, Ranking Member Grijalva, and members of the Committee, I am Michael B.

Statement for the Record of Michael B. Murray Chair of the Executive Council to The National Parks Committee on The President’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request for the National Park Service

  Statement for the Record Michael B. Murray Chair of the Executive Council, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Subcommittee on National Parks Committee on Energy and Natural Resources United States Senate The President’s Budget Request for the National Park Service for Fiscal Year 2024 May 10, 2023 Chairman King, Ranking Member Daines, and members

Coalition Signs Protest for WY BLM Oil and Gas Lease Parcels

THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY AUDUBON ROCKIES (WY, CO, UT) * COALITION TO PROTECT AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS * FRIENDS OF THE EARTH * NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * WILD MONTANA * WYOMING OUTDOOR COUNCIL * WYOMING WILDERNESS ASSOCIATION May 1, 2023 BLM Wyoming State Office Attention: Andrew Archuleta, State Director 5353 Yellowstone Road

Coalition Opposes Legislation That Weakens Endangered Species Act

Dear Chairman Westerman, Ranking Member Grijalva, On behalf of our organizations and our millions of members and supporters, we write to express our strong opposition to the seven pieces of legislation being marked up on April 27th in the House Natural Resources Committee. Collectively these bills weaken the Endangered Species Act by eliminating vital protections

Coalition Submits Comments to BLM Regarding the Lava Ridge Wind Project EIS

  April 12, 2023 Lava Ridge Wind Project EIS BLM Shoshone Field Office Attention: Kasey Prestwich 400 West F Street Shoshone, ID 83352 Subject:  Lava Ridge Wind Project Draft EIS Comments Dear Mr. Prestwich: I am writing on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, which represents over 2,400 current, former, and retired

Coalition Supports Creation of the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument

  Release Date: April 11, 2023 Media Contact: Emily Thompson Em************@pr********.org Coalition Supports Creation of the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument Today, members of the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition, with House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), held a virtual press conference to urge

Coalition Comments on the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas Lease Sale Draft Environmental Assessment

THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY AUDUBON ROCKIES (WY, CO, UT) * COALITION TO PROTECT AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS * FRIENDS OF THE EARTH * NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * POWDER RIVER BASIN RESOURCE COUNCIL * ROCKY MOUNTAIN WILD * WYOMING OUTDOOR COUNCIL April 10, 2023 SUBMITTED VIA E-PLANNING Andrew Archuleta State Director Wyoming Bureau

Coalition Submits Statement for the Record To Senate Committee on Appropriations Regarding FY 2024 NPS Appropriations

  Statement for the Record Michael B. Murray Chair of the Executive Council, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies United States Senate FY 2024 Appropriations for the National Park Service, Department of the Interior April 10, 2023 Chairman Merkley, Ranking Member Murkowski, and members of

Coalition Joins Comments on Revised NPS Alaska Bear Hunting Rule

  March 27, 2023 Sarah Creachbaum Regional Director National Park Service Alaska Regional Office 240 West 5th Ave. Anchorage, AK 99501 Re: National Park Service Proposed Rule; RIN 1024-AE70 Dear Director Creachbaum: Trustees for Alaska submits these comments on behalf of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Alaska Wilderness League, Alaskans FOR Wildlife, Animal Legal Defense Fund,

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

Coalition Celebrates New National Monument Designations

  Release Date: March 21, 2023  Coalition Celebrates New National Monument Designations Today, President Biden used his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument in Southern Nevada and the Castner Range National Monument in West Texas. Mike Murray, Chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, issued this

The Coalition Supports Budget Priorities of Second Century Action Group

  Priorities for the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition for FY24 The National Park Service (NPS) needs the financial resources to ensure both domestic and international visitors have the experience they deserve. For more than a century, our national parks have remained America’s favorite places, important pieces of our natural and cultural heritage set

Coalition Statement for the Record Concerning FY 2024 NPS Appropriations

  Statement for the Record Michael B. Murray Chair of the Executive Council, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations United States House of Representatives FY 2024 Appropriations for the National Park Service, Department of the Interior March 17, 2023 Chairman Simpson, Ranking Member Pingree, and

Coalition Joins Over 40 Organizations in Opposition to H.R. 1335: Transparency, Accountability, Permitting, and Production of American Resources Act

March 9, 2023 Re: House National Resources Committee Markup on H.R. 1335 Dear Chairman Westerman, Ranking Member Grijalva, and members of the House Natural Resources Committee, On behalf of more than 40 organizations and our millions of members and supporters, we write to you to express our strenuous opposition to H.R. 1335: Transparency, Accountability, Permitting,

Coalition Statement on President Biden’s FY 2024 Budget

  For release: March 9, 2023 Contact: Emily Thompson, Em************@pr********.org Coalition Statement on President Biden’s FY 2024 Budget Today, President Biden released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2024. The proposal calls for $3.8 billion to the National Park Service (NPS) budget, an increase from FY 2023. If enacted, this funding would help to address

Coalition Submits Comment on E.A. for Revisiting Sport Hunting and Trapping on National Preserves in Alaska

  March 8, 2023 Sarah Creachbaum, Regional Director National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office 240 West 5th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501 Subject:  Environmental Assessment for Revisiting Sport Hunting and Trapping on National Preserves in Alaska Dear Regional Director Creachbaum: I am writing to you on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition).

Coalition Comments on Proposed Rule: Hunting and Trapping in National Preserves in Alaska

    March 8, 2023   Sarah Creachbaum, Regional Director National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office 240 West 5th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501   Subject:  Proposed Rule: Hunting and Trapping in National Preserves in Alaska   Dear Regional Director Creachbaum:   I am writing to you on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National

Coalition Provides Additional Comments on Cumberland Island National Seashore Proposed Visitor Use Management Plan

  March 7, 2023 Superintendent Gary Ingram Cumberland Island National Seashore 101 Wheeler Street St. Marys, Georgia 31558 Dear Superintendent Ingram: On behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, Center for Biological Diversity, Georgia Audubon, Center for Sustainable Coast, Satilla Riverkeeper, and Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Southern Environmental Law Center writes

Coalition Joins Comments to Protect Japanese American Historic Sites from Renewable Energy Siting

Solar Energy PEIS Scoping Bureau of Land Management U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20006 March 1, 2023 Dear BLM: Thank you for the opportunity to submit scoping comments relating to the solar and wind energy programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS). We support administrative decisions to protect the Minidoka 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 Joins Comments on NPS Workplace Issues and Employee Morale

March 1, 2023 The Honorable Charles F. Sams, III Director, National Park Service 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 Subject: NPS workplace issues and employee morale Dear Director Sams: The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, the Association of National Park Rangers, and the National Parks Conservation Association recently formed a joint workgroup to

Coalition Signs on to Recommendations of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program

February 27, 2023 The Honorable Deb Haaland Secretary of the Interior 1849 C Street NW Washington, D.C. 20240 RE: Recommendations for the Rulemaking to Revise Existing Regulations for the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program Dear Secretary Haaland: Thank you for your leadership in recently issuing guidance on the important federal onshore oil and

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

Coalition Comments on BLM’s Proposed Programmatic EIS for Solar Energy Development

  February 16, 2023 Bureau of Land Management Solar Energy PEIS Scoping 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20006 Dear Solar Energy Scoping Team: I am writing to you on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition). Our membership is comprised entirely of National Park Service (NPS) retirees, former and current employees,

Coalition Requests BLM Extend the Comment Period for the Lava Ridge Wind Project by 30 days

  February 13, 2023 Mr. Kasey Prestwich, Project Manager Shoshone Field Office Bureau of Land Management 400 W. F St. Shoshone, ID 83352 Subject: Lava Ridge Wind Project Comment Period Dear Mr. Prestwich: I am writing to you on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition). Our membership is comprised of over

Coalition Joins Scoping Comments on Parcels for the BLM Montana-Dakotas June 2023 Oil and Gas Lease Sale

THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY COALITION TO PROTECT AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS * FRIENDS OF THE EARTH * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * ROCKY MOUNTAIN WILD * SIERRA CLUB * THE MONTANA WILDLIFE FEDERATION * WILD MONTANA February 9, 2023 Sonya Germann State Director Bureau of Land Management, Montana/Dakotas Project Contacts: Tessa Wallace Bureau of Land Management Christine

Wilderness Battlefield Coalition letter to Planning Commission

  February 7, 2023  Orange County Planning Commission: Donald Brooks, Chair J. Jason Capelle, Vice Chair J. Bryan Nicol George Yancey Adam Bryington Re: REZ 22-03, Wilderness Crossing Dear Members of the Planning Commission: We are writing on behalf of the Wilderness Battlefield Coalition and of our thousands of members across Virginia and Orange County.

Coalition Comments on NPS National Long Range Transportation Plan

    February 2, 2023 Denver Service Center National Park Service (NPS) Planning, Design and Construction Management Office 12795 West Alameda Parkway Lakewood, CO 80228-2838 Subject: Comments on NPS National Long Range Transportation Plan Dear Denver Service Center: I am writing to you on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition). Our

New Report Details National Parks At Risk Due to Continued Oil and Gas Development on Adjacent Public Lands

New Report Details National Parks At Risk Due to Continued Oil and Gas Development on Adjacent Public Lands Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Warns that National Parks Face Imminent Risk WASHINGTON, DC – According to a new report from the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, four national parks – Carlsbad Caverns, Chaco Culture,

Coalition Comments on Day Use Visitor Access Strategy for Rocky Mountain National Park

  January 31, 2023 Darla Sidles Superintendent Rocky Mountain National Park 1000 U.S. Highway 36 Estes Park, CO 80517 Subject: Comments on Day Use Visitor Access Strategy for Rocky Mountain National Park Dear Superintendent Sidles: We are writing to you on behalf of over 2,300 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition),

Coalition Signs on to Comments Regarding the Monument Management Plan for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

January 27, 2023 Brittany Petersen Marine Monument Superintendent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 300 Westgate Center Drive Hadley, MA 01035  Re: Comments on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Intent to Prepare a Draft Monument Management Plan for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument Dear Ms. Petersen, On

Coalition Comments on Visitor Access Management Plan for Yosemite National Park

  January 25, 2023 Cicely Muldoon Superintendent Post Office Box 577 Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 Subject: Comments on Visitor Access Management Plan for Yosemite National Park Dear Superintendent Muldoon: I am writing to you on behalf of over 2,300 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), who collectively represent more than

Coalition Comments on Visitor Access Management Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

  January 24, 2023  Superintendent Clayton Jordan Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 47050 Generals Highway Three Rivers, CA 93271 Subject: Comments on Visitor Access Management Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Dear Superintendent Jordan: I am writing to you on behalf of over 2,300 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National

Coalition Joins in Support of Virginia Senate Bill Prohibiting Construction of Industrial Data Centers Within One Mile of a National Park, State Park or other Historically Significant Site

January 19, 2023 Senate Committee on Local Government Senate Room 3, The Capitol 1000 Bank St Richmond, VA 23218 Dear Chair Lewis, and Senators Hanger, Stanley, Favola, DeSteph, Dunnavant, McPike, Howell, Spruill, Morrissey, Bell, Hashmi, Kiggans, Reeves, and Hackworth: We are writing to you today on behalf of the undersigned 18 environmental and historic preservation

Coalition Joins Scoping Comments on Upcoming WY Oil and Gas Lease Sale

AUDUBON ROCKIES * COALITION TO PROTECT AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS * FRIENDS OF THE EARTH * NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY * NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * POWDER RIVER BASIN RESOURCE COUNCIL * ROCKY MOUNTAIN WILD * THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY * WYOMING OUTDOOR COUNCIL * WYOMING WILDERNESS ASSOCIATION January 19, 2023 Andrew Archuleta

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.

Coalition Comments on the Cumberland Island N.S. Visitor Use Management Plan

  Superintendent Gary Ingram Cumberland Island National Seashore 101 Wheeler Street St. Marys, Georgia 31558 Re: Cumberland Island National Seashore Proposed Visitor Use Management Plan Dear Superintendent Ingram: On behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Georgia Chapter Sierra Club, Georgia Audubon, Center

Coalition Celebrates Passage of National Heritage Area Act

  Date: 12.22.22 Contact: Emily Thompson Today, the National Heritage Area Act (S. 1942) passed the House with a remarkable level of bi-partisan support. The bill passed the Senate on Tuesday. It now heads to President Biden’s desk for signature. Mike Murray, Chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, issued the following statement

Coalition Statement on FY2023 Omnibus Funding Bill

  Date: 12.21.22 Contact: Emily Thompson Congress has introduced an omnibus funding bill for fiscal year 2023, which calls for a much-needed increase of more than $210 million to the National Park Service (NPS). The bill also includes $1.5 billion in critically needed supplemental disaster funding for parks across the country still dealing with the

Coalition EC Member Talks Climate Change and the Gullah Geechee Corridor

  Vanishing land: Climate change displaces Black families along Gullah-Geechee corridor By Melba Newsome Special to The Post and Courier Nov 26, 2022 Editor’s note: This story is supported by grants from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting’s Connected Coastlines Climate Reporting initiative and Internews’ Earth Journalism Network. PINEY GROVE, N.C. — Connie McCoy has

Coalition Joins Partners in Expressing Deep Concerns Over Proposed Leasing Plans for Clara Barton NHS

December 9, 2022 Dear Superintendent Charles Cuvelier: We are a group concerned with the future of the Clara Barton National Historic Site. Many of us are professional historians of the United States with considerable expertise in women’s history, public history, U.S. history from before the Civil War to its aftermath to the Progressive Era, the

Coalition Speaks with Citizen Times About ATMP Concerns at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  National Park Service finalizes air tour management plan for Smokies; group has concerns Ryan Oehrli Asheville Citizen Times The National Park Service announced Dec. 7 in a news release that it has completed its plan, along with the Federal Aviation Administration, to preserve “wilderness character” in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but a

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

Advocacy Actions Update: Spaceport Camden and Mt. Rushmore Fireworks

  Spaceport Camden In 2021, the Coalition and its partners were active in expressing concerns with efforts of the Camden County, Ga., government to purchase and build a spaceport on a large industrial site owned by Union Carbide Corporation. The County had signed a contract to purchase the land; however, the National Park Service and

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 Submits Testimony on FY23 NPS Appropriations

        Statement for the Record Michael B. Murray Chair of the Executive Council, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations United States Senate FY 2023 Appropriations for the National Park Service, Department of the Interior June 8, 2022 Chairman Merkley, Ranking Member Murkowski, and

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 Signs on To Letter Urging National Monument Designation for Castner Range

June 7th, 2022 The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr. The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President, On behalf of the 92 undersigned organizations and the millions of members and supporters we collectively represent, we urge you to designate Castner Range as a national monument through the powers granted to your office under the

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 Signs on In Support of the NPF Reauthorization Act

  May 23, 2022 Dear Members of the Senate Energy Natural Resources Committee and House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, We, the members of the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition, write in support of the National Park Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2022 and urge the committees to swiftly move the bill and ensure final

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 | Em************@pr********.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