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 California

Feinstein, Costa Introduce Bill to Expand Yosemite

Washington, DC – Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Jim Costa (D-CA) have introduced a bill to add 1,600 acres of soaring, conifer-studded hillsides and alpine meadows to Yosemite National Park. The land was originally part of Yosemite, but Congress stripped its protection in a 1906 concession to industrial interests. Feinstein and Costa’s bill would remove legal barriers to righting this historic wrong.

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News Release | Environment America

Environment America: Congratulations to Sally Jewell, New Head of the Department of Interior

Washington, D.C. – Moments ago the Senate 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 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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