From Yellowstone to the Smokies, too many of our parks, forests and other wild places are threatened by overdevelopment and pollution from mining, logging and drilling. Our staff and members are working for the conservation of the places we love.
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.
- There were more than 281 million recreational visits to our national parks last year, yet this year Congress slashed funding for all of our parks.
- Underfunded parks face crumbling infrastructure, reduced hours and threats ranging from overdevelopment, pollution, mining, drilling and logging that put wildlife and ecosystems at risk.
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