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 America

Obama fortifies conservation legacy with CA monuments, and hopefully he's not done yet

PALM SPRINGS, CA – President Obama designates three new national monuments in the fragile California desert today, Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument. The move protects 30 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, desert grasslands, and a wide range of recreational and cultural activities in 1.8 million acres of Mojave and Sonoran Desert landscapes, between Los Angeles and the Nevada border.

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News Release | Environment America

President Obama's budget gets an A minus

WASHINGTON, DC -- Overall, President Obama’s budget gets an A minus," said Margie Alt, executive director of Environment America. "It's fantastic news for climate action, clean energy, and our national parks; but there is one piece of bad news that really stings: the proposal decreases clean water funding just as the Flint crisis makes clear that we can’t take safe drinking water for granted."

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News Release | Environment America

Senators protect new parks & national monuments, America's 'best idea'

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) failed to curtail future national monuments such as the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty today, when his fellow senators rejected his amendment to the Senate’s omnibus energy bill. Sen. Lee had sought to block the practice of creating national monuments used by Democratic and Republican presidents alike for more than 100 years, beginning with Teddy Roosevelt.

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Climate and the environment in tonight's State of the Union | Margie Alt

President Obama has done more than any other president to tackle the threat of global warming, and during his administration we’ve seen huge leaps forward on clean energy.

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News Release | Environment America

House bill would put nail in the coffin of America's most important conservation program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) unveiled legislation today that effectively guts the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the 50-year old program that created and expanded parks across the country until Congress allowed it to expire at the end of September.

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