Watch Phil Francis, Chairman of The Coalition to Protect Americas National Parks and former Great Smoky Mountains Superintendent explain why the park should be closed until shutdown ends.
Statement of Richard G. Ring Executive Council Member, Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks concerning the impact of the federal government shutdown on the National Park System and the
January 11, 2019 Dear Representative, We, the members of the National Parks Second Century Action Coalition[i], write to ask Representatives to support H.R. 266, the FY19 Interior, Environment and
January 9, 2019 President Donald J. Trump The White House Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear President Trump: We respectfully ask that you agree to fully fund the government and reopen agencies
Statement of Phil Francis, Chair of The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, on the Continuing Partial Government Shutdown: “This partial government shutdown needs to end. As our elected leaders
Statement of Phil Francis, Chair of The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, on the Partial Government Shutdown: “We are deeply concerned about the decision by the Trump Administration and
With a potential shutdown of the federal government looming, former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff and public lands and environmental advocates hosted a press call to discuss the ramifications of
Republican-Controlled Congress Fails to Save LWCF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 20 December 2018 Following the passage of a continuing resolution bill, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks released the following
In an op-ed published in National Parks Traveler, the Coalition calls for the NPS to reform the system it uses to educate its employees on how to work with fundraising partner
In a recent article about the pending departure of the Secretary of the Interior, Coalition Chair Phil Francis says “it is time for change.” Click here to see full article.
A partial shutdown of the federal government is looking more and more likely. The Coalition is strongly opposed to a government shutdown, which threatens to bring harm to our resources, visitors, and employees.
Secretary Zinke’s resignation is an opportunity for the current Administration to reconsider our country’s priorities for use of our public lands. Coalition Chair Phil Francis says, “I’m hopeful that Secretary Zinke’s departure marks a new chapter in the story of America’s parks and public lands. During his time as Secretary, our national parks faced unprecedented threats and suffered from a clear lack of support. Now, the current administration must seize this opportunity to appoint a leader who will listen to the needs of those on the ground, work in partnership with the stewards of our public lands, and passionately advocate for the protection of our national parks.” Click “Read More” to read our full statement.
The Coalition and NPCA have filed an amici curiae brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of a lawsuit challenging the NPS’s decision to allow a natural gas pipeline to be constructed across the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Click “Read More” for additional information.
The Coalition has submitted comments to Superintendent Cash on shortcomings in the GRSM environmental assessment on Sochan gathering in the park. Click “Read More” to read our letter to the Superintendent.
The Coalition was among over 90 groups who signed a joint letter in opposition to H.R. 6687, which would endanger the Tule elk of Point Reyes National Seashore. Click here
Phil Francis spoke with the Washington Post about the concerning makeup of the new National Park System Advisory Board. “I hope the agenda will be comprehensive, and not just items consistent with business interests,” Francis said, emphasizing the need for members to view their job as more than just promoting outdoor recreation and managing park concessions. Click Read More for the full article.
The National Parks Second Century Action Coalition, wrote in support of S. 3172/H.R. 6510, Restore Our Parks Act/Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act and final passage in the 115th Congress. Click “Read More” to read our letter and view the photobook delivered to Congress.
CPANP has weighed in on the ethics issues that are currently front and center for the NPS and has called for the agency to undertake far-reaching and detailed reforms to the system it uses to educate its own employees on how to work with donor and partner organizations to raise badly needed support for the nation’s national parks. Click “Read More” to read our recent press release.
There is legislation pending in Congress that would give the National Park Service (NPS) the authority to allow construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline beneath the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway, endangering the cultural and natural resources contained within the boundaries of both units of the National Park System. Click Read More for our full statement, issued in opposition to this proposed change.
Over 20 years after Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was established to conserve the area’s diverse resources, President Trump issued a proclamation that cut the monument’s size by half. Now the Bureau of Land Management proposes to manage the reduced monument as a typical “multiple use” area. Click “Read More” to see the joint comment letter submitted to BLM by the Coalition and NPCA.