America’s national parks should be protected, not shortchanged

From the jagged peaks of Grand Teton National Park, to the salmon runs up the North Cascades, to the sawgrass marshes of the Everglades, America’s national parks have some of the most beautiful sights in the country.

They are where some of our most unforgettable memories are formed—our first childhood hike, our first time sleeping under the stars, and our first glimpse of wildlife. They are home to thousands of different native plants and wildlife, and a source of clean air and drinking water.

No wonder writer Wallace Stegner called our nation’s parks “America’s best idea.” Yet incredibly, despite threats ranging from overdevelopment, pollution, mining, drilling and logging, as well as crumbling roads and facilities, if Congress doesn’t act, funds for our parks will be slashed within months.

Our senators have a unique opportunity to protect our parks

Year after year, we have seen Congress slash funding for our parks, and recently they moved to make more sweeping cuts to parks nationwide. This is not the way to protect our most beautiful places for years to come.

That’s why we’ve created a plan to make sure Congress provides the resources needed to safeguard our parks for generations to come. Environment America is bringing citizens together to convince our senators to make protecting our national parks a top priority this year, giving our parks the funding they deserve, and helping to leave a lasting legacy for America.

Together, we can protect America's parks

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 all of our parks forever.

Parks and Conservation Updates

News Release | Environment America

Over 200 State Legislators Call on President Obama for Continued Action to Protect America’s Public Lands

Washington, DC -- In anticipation of National Parks Week, 230 state legislators from around the country today released a letter calling on President Obama to continue to fulfill his State of the Union promise to use his authority to protect America’s public lands.

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News Release | Environment California

President Obama Expands California Coastal Monument

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today President Barack Obama signed a proclamation to permanently protect California’s Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument. The move saves 1,600 acres of beach, wetlands, dunes, and waterways along Northern California’s scenic coastline. Nathan Weaver, Preservation Advocate with Environment California, issued the following statement.

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News Release | Environment America

68 Outdoor Business Owners Join Environment America, Call for Better Protection of Public Lands

Washington, D.C. — Today, 68 outdoor recreation business owners called on President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to protect America’s public lands from development and pollution, and to provide them with the funding and resources they need. The businesses called for the preservation of treasured landscapes and the continued development of outdoor recreation, one of the country’s fastest growing industries.

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News Release | Environment America

New Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Protecting Public Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Colorado College released their 4th annual Conservation in the West Poll. The poll, which surveyed more than 2,400 people across Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, demonstrates overwhelming bipartisan public support for preserving public lands for our children and future generations to explore. 

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News Release | Environment America

Death by a Thousand Cuts

Washington, D.C. – As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new report, released by Environment America exposes the challenges facing the country’s parks, seashores, monuments and historic sites as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.

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