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

Report | Environment America

Death by a Thousand Cuts

Our nation’s parks have been called “America’s best idea,” and represent the rugged and resilient spirit of our natural heritage. They offer us endless recreational opportunities, provide critical habitat for local wildlife, and protect the sources of fresh drinking water for communities all across the country. As a result, their popularity with the public is at an all-time high, and visitor numbers continue to rise.

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News Release | Environment America

Online Campaign Asks Secretary Jewell: What Would Teddy Do?

Washington, D.C. — Today, Environment America launched an online campaign, including Facebook ads, calling on President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to continue President Teddy Roosevelt’s vision of protecting America’s public lands by asking, “What would Teddy do?” 

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News Release | Environment America

Secretary Sally Jewell Makes Commitment to Conservation

Today, Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell gave a speech on conservation at the National Press Club. The following is statement from Mary Rafferty, Environment America’s conservation program coordinator:

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News Release | Environment America

Sorry We're Closed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Congress’ failure to reach an agreement on a budget before the midnight deadline, Aaron Weil, Environment America’s conservation advocate released the following statement on the environmental impacts of the government shutdown. 

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News Release | Environment America

House Votes to Clear-cut More National Forest Land, Roll Back Environmental Laws

Washington, D.C. — Today, putting the interests of big timber industries ahead of the nation’s forests and the public, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 1526, a bill to increase logging on land within the National Forest System. The bill, which also waived enforcement of the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act in forestland, was sponsored by Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA) and was passed 244 to 173. 

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