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

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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News Release | Environment America

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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News Release | Environment America

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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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Bill introduced to ban plastic bags in Rhode Island

A bill to ban plastic checkout bags statewide was introduced in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. The bill prohibits the distribution of disposable plastic shopping bags at the point of sale by Rhode Island retailers, effective January 2014 for large retailers and January 2015 for small businesses.

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