After a serving only a few months as Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke is conducting a problematic review that will determine the fate of 27 national monuments. Whatever Mr. Zinke decides will inevitably define his legacy as the chief steward of America’s public lands. Click “Read More” to see our comment letter to the Secretary.
Interior Secretary Zinke’s recent visit to Maine to see Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a good exercise of his role as chief steward of our nation’s national parks and monuments. But contemplating reduction or elimination of our public land is not. Click “Read More” to see the op-ed by Coalition executive council member Sheridan Steele in the Bangor Daily News.
The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks is deeply disappointed to see Secretary Zinke’s proposal for President Trump to reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument. Such an action would undermine the ability of the land managing agencies to assure the proper care and management of the important natural and cultural resources protected by this National Monument. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s full statement.
The variety and richness of the cultural and natural resources at Bears Ears National Monument matches that of other national monuments and deserve the protection national monument status conveys. Despite this, a Trump executive order tasked Interior Secretary Zinke with conducting a review that could downsize or rescind Bears Ears and 26 other national monuments. Click “Read More” to see our letter to Secretary Zinke opposing any changes in Bears Ears’ national monument status.
The Coalition has joined 450 other organizations in writing President Trump, Interior Secretary Zinke, and Commerce Secretary Ross to express our unified opposition to any efforts by the Trump administration to remove or decrease protections for any national monuments. Click “Read More” to see our joint letter.
The Coalition has joined with other advocacy organizations in opposing attacks on the Antiques Act. It is disappointing to see three separate bills to undermine the Antiquities Act – the law which is responsible for originally protecting nearly half of our national parks – being advanced less than a month after our country celebrated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Please click “Read More” to see our concerns.