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

Secretary Jewell Recommits Support for Nation’s Premier Land Protection Program

Washington, D.C. - This past week, Secretary Jewell demonstrated her support for the nation’s premiere program for protecting our country’s public lands – the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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News Release | Environment America

Bill to Expand Yosemite Heard in Senate

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on National Parks’ hearing today included a bill to expand Yosemite National Park. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and co-sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer, would permit adding nearly 1,600 acres to the park. This proposal enjoys both local and statewide support in California.

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News Release | Environment America

House Subcommittee Guts Parks, Clean Water, and Climate Protections

Washington, D.C. – This morning, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies moved to slash the FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations budget by 18 percent.

The bill zeroes out the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program designed to protect and expand parks, while falling short of restoring years of budget cuts to the National Park Service. It also blocks progress on clean water and climate. Environment America’s DC Office Director Anna Aurilio issued the following statement:

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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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