America’s national parks should be protected, not shortchanged

Places like Riverbend Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway 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 protect and preserve these places for our kids, some shortsighted leaders in Congress want to eliminate funding for our successful park programs. If they get their way, funding will be slashed—a move that would leave our best places with less protection against pollution, logging and overdevelopment. These places deserve better. It’s up to us to protect them for the next generation.

When Congress shut down our national parks last fall, millions of Americans raised their voices and forced Washington to reopen them. It’s time to stand up for the places we love again—before we see more damage done to the most beautiful parts of our country.

A lasting legacy

Environment America is bringing people together to urge our senators to make preserving special places a priority. By standing up to anti-environment members of Congress, our senators can 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

Secretary Sally Jewell Makes Commitment to Conservation

Today, Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell gave a speech on conservation at the National Press Club. The following is statement from Mary Rafferty, Environment America’s conservation program coordinator:

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Sorry We're Closed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Congress’ failure to reach an agreement on a budget before the midnight deadline, Aaron Weil, Environment America’s conservation advocate released the following statement on the environmental impacts of the government shutdown. 

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House Votes to Clear-cut More National Forest Land, Roll Back Environmental Laws

Washington, D.C. — Today, putting the interests of big timber industries ahead of the nation’s forests and the public, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 1526, a bill to increase logging on land within the National Forest System. The bill, which also waived enforcement of the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act in forestland, was sponsored by Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA) and was passed 244 to 173. 

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Secretary Jewell Recommits Support for Nation’s Premier Land Protection Program

Washington, D.C. - This past week, Secretary Jewell demonstrated her support for the nation’s premiere program for protecting our country’s public lands – the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Bill to Expand Yosemite Heard in Senate

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on National Parks’ hearing today included a bill to expand Yosemite National Park. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and co-sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer, would permit adding nearly 1,600 acres to the park. This proposal enjoys both local and statewide support in California.

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