Draft Moose-Wilson Corridor Comprehensive Management Plan Open for Comment

One of the many issues being monitored by the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition) has been in the planning process to develop a management plan for the Moose-Wilson corridor at Grand Teton National Park (GRTE).  The National Park Service (NPS) is currently seeking public comment on the Draft Moose-Wilson Corridor Comprehensive Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement  through December 29, 2015. NPS has proposed

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Overview of the Coalition’s Amicus Curiae Brief on R.S. 2477 Case in Utah

The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks and Park Rangers for Our Lands have jointly filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief with the Supreme Court of the State of Utah in a lawsuit involving R.S. 2477, an 1866 mining law that included language allowing roads to be built on federal lands for the purpose of the public crossing the country.

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Coalition urges Congress to take immediate action to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

This essential and highly successful program dating back to 1965 “reinvests” a small portion of the revenues derived from off shore oil drilling back to the acquisition of national park sites and other critical national needs for conservation and recreation. In addition, this program, through matching grants enables state and local governments to acquire and develop close to home recreational opportunities that serve millions of Americans day in and day out.

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Op-Ed: The National Park System: Why It Should Continue To Grow

Placed against this expansive vision, the existing national park system is incomplete. That judgment also applies to the units that comprise the current U. S. conservation estate; forests, refuges, monuments, state parks, land trusts, etc. The international standard for conservation of terrestrial and inland waters is 17 %. A recent estimate puts the current U.S. total at 7%. The maritime and coastal area standard of 10% is even further from being achieved.

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Former National Park Service Ranger To Manage Operations For The Coalition To Protect America’s National Parks

The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks announces that Amy Gilbert has been hired as the Executive Director. Prior to joining the Coalition, Gilbert served as the Senior Officer of Communications Partnerships for the United Nations Foundation where she built and managed strategic communications relationships on behalf of the organization, including partnerships with major brands, marketing partners and individual supporters.

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Overview of the Coalitions’ Proposed Amicus Curiae Brief on Big Cypress National Preserve

The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks has filed a motion with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to accept an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in a lawsuit involving the 2011 Big Cypress National Preserve Addition General Management Plan, Wilderness Study, and ORV Management Plan. The amicus brief is in support of the separate lawsuits against the Big Cypress Addition General Management Plan and wilderness eligibility determination filed by the National Parks Conservation Association and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

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Scoping for Environmental Assessment for Consideration of Changes to Final Rule for Off-Road Vehicle Management

The purpose of this letter is to submit scoping comments on the planning newsletter for the Environmental Assessment for Consideration of Changes to Final Rule for Off-Road Vehicle Management (EA). NPS is considering changes to the Final Rule as required by Section 3057(c) of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2015. While we understand it was not an NPS choice to consider revisions to the Final Rule so soon after it was promulgated, we do have a number of concerns and comments.

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Op-Ed: This Is No Time To Give Up On America’s National Treasures

There is no denying that many of America’s national parks and historic places are in disrepair today or offering shortened visitor hours, fewer interpretive guides, and other services that should make a visit to one of our national crown jewels a special experience. This is a tragedy, but it is no reason to give up on preserving more of what makes America unique.

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Proposed Regulation on Native American Plant Collection

  July 15, 2015 Mr. Joe Watkins Office of Tribal Relations and American Cultures U.S. National Park Service 1201 Eye Street, N.W. Washington, DC  20005 Re:  Proposed Rule – Gathering of Certain Plants or Plant Parts by Federally Recognized Indian Tribes for Traditional Purposes:  RIN 1024-AD84 Dear Mr. Watkins: We are writing to comment on the proposed amendments to National Park Service (NPS) regulations

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