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.

Parks and Conservation Updates

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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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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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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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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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