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 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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Report | Environment America

Death by a Thousand Cuts

Our nation’s parks have been called “America’s best idea,” and represent the rugged and resilient spirit of our natural heritage. They offer us endless recreational opportunities, provide critical habitat for local wildlife, and protect the sources of fresh drinking water for communities all across the country. As a result, their popularity with the public is at an all-time high, and visitor numbers continue to rise.

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