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

Environment America Thanks President Obama for Protecting Treasured American Landscapes

Washington, D.C. – President Obama is expected to designate five national monuments on Monday including a pristine region known as Rio Grande del Norte near Taos, New Mexico and a thousand acres along the San Juan Islands in Washington State.  The designations will permanently protect these landscapes from development.  The President is also expected to designate a few historic sites including First State National Monument in Delaware, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland, and, Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio. 

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News Release | Environment America

Sally Jewell Should Move Forward as Secretary of Interior

Washington, D.C. – Moments ago the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to confirm Sally Jewell, President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of the Interior. Mary Rafferty, conservation program coordinator for Environment America, released the following statement:

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News Release | Environment America

Environment America to Congress: Keep our Parks Open, Protected

Washington, D.C. – On the first day of spring, Environment America’s state affiliates across the country unveiled lists of the top ten reasons area parks deserve protection from pollution and overdevelopment. As Congress debates the nation’s budget this week in D.C., Environment America is asking Congress to keep our parks open and protected from pollution and overdevelopment by highlighting parks across the country.

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News Release | Environment America

405 LOCAL ELECTED LEADERS, OUTDOORS BUSINESSES AND CONSERVATION GROUPS CALL ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO PROTECT NATION’S PARKS

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Environment America and 404 other groups released a letter to President Obama calling for lasting protections for our nation’s parks from drilling, mining, overdevelopment, and underfunding. 

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Senators Show Parks Valentine’s Day Love

Washington, D.C. – Today, on the 50th anniversary of its original introduction, a bipartisan group of Senators -- Max Baucus (D-MT), Richard Burr (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jon Tester (D-MT), Mark Udall (D-CO) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) -- introduced SB 338 to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a public land acquisition program.

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