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

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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News Release | Environment New Mexico

NM Congressional Delegation Acts to Protect Rio Grande del Norte

Today, Environment New Mexico applauded New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Luján for their action to protect New Mexico’s open spaces. They re-introduced legislation to protect Rio Grande del Norte in Northern New Mexico, which will ensure the security of 236,000 acres of land, its critical water supply, and the habitats of the species dwelling there.

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News Release | Environment Oregon

12,000 Oregonians: “Protect Crater Lake Wilderness from Clear Cuts”

Old growth forest around Oregon’s only national park could be on the chopping block next month. That’s why statewide advocacy group Environment Oregon delivered 12,000 petitions to US Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today in support of a proposal to designate nearly half-a-million acres in and around Crater Lake National Park as a federal Wilderness area.

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News Release | Environment America

Environment America Looks Ahead to Building on Salazar’s Conservation Legacy

As Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced plans to leave the Department of the Interior at the end of March, Margie Alt, executive director of Environment America, released the following statement: 

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