America’s national parks should be protected, not shortchanged

From the Grand Canyon to the George Washington National Forest, our parks, forests, and public lands are a big part of what makes this country so great. They’re where we go to spend time outdoors with our families and friends, to hike, bike, fish and see wild animals.

Pollution, logging, overdevelopment

Yet instead of helping to protect and preserve our parks and other special places for our kids and future generations, some shortsighted leaders in Congress have another idea. They’ve proposed to stop new protections for precious landscapes like the Grand Canyon. They want to eliminate funding for our most successful open space program. And the Senate has even passed a measure to sell off a bulk of our public landsfrom national forests, to wildlife refuges, to wilderness areasto the highest bidder.

A lasting legacy

Environment America is bringing people together to urge our members of Congress to make preserving special places a priority and leave a lasting legacy for our parks.

Together, we can win

Members and supporters like you make it possible for our staff to conduct research, make our case to the media, testify in Washington, D.C., and build the grassroots support necessary to protect the places we love.

 

Parks and Conservation Updates

News Release | Environment America

Senate leaders use spending bill for full-scale assault on air, water, land, and climate

WASHINGTON, DC – Senate appropriators continued their full-scale attack on the nation’s air, water, and climate today, adopting a spending bill riddled with anti-environmental policy riders that also severely underfunds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and land conservation.

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News Release | Environment America

Public parks auction not far from reality sought in budget resolution

WASHINGTON, DC –A video released today features a live auction of the Grand Canyon, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and even the Statue of Liberty to private oil, gas and development interests. The stunt is remarkably close to the reality envisioned in Congress's new joint budget resolution, which advances the sale or giveaway of the nation's wildlife refuges, national forests, and other prized public landscapes.

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News Release | Environment America

As BP blowout anniversary approaches, House holds hearing on allowing drilling in Atlantic

WASHINGTON D.C. – As the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster approaches, a committee hearing on the Obama Administration’s proposal to open up the Atlantic Coast to oil drilling is a stark reminder that those who don’t remember the past are doomed to repeat it.

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News Release | Environment America

Fracking rule fails to protect our parks and forests

WASHINGTON, DC—Today the Obama administration released its long-awaited rule governing fracking on federal public lands. While somewhat less damaging than as originally proposed, the plan fundamentally fails to protect America’s most prized forests and other natural areas from pollution, Environment America said.

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Enviros “auction” Grand Canyon to illustrate threat to public lands

A conservation group held a mock “auction” of the Grand Canyon Wednesday to illustrate what they said could happen if Congress strips the president’s authority to identify and protect national monuments.

The event came one week after President Barack Obama designated three new national monuments in Colorado, Hawaii and Illinois. The president is also considering such a designation for the 1.7 million acre watershed surrounding the Grand Canyon.

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