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

Congress Votes to Water-down Protections for Public Lands, Boundary Waters At Risk

H.R. 4402, the so-called “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012,” a bill that streamlines the permitting process for mining on federal lands, passed the House by a vote of 256 to 160. 

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News Release | Environment America

Release: Hastings Bill Opens Atlantic and Pacific Coasts to Oil Drilling

H.R. 6082, the so-called “Congressional Replacement of President Obama's Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan” passed the House today by a margin of 253 to 170. 

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News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas Praises Straus Testimony, Calls for Full Funding of Parks

AUSTIN – Environment Texas praised House Speaker Joe Straus for his call on the Legislature to stop using funds for purposes other than that for which they were intended. The Speaker testified before an Appropriations subcommittee today and criticized use of so-called “dedicated funds” to certify the budget. Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger released the following statement:

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Pennsylvania Budget a Mixed Bag on the Environment

As the dust settled on a sprint-like finish to state budget passage, citizen-based environmental group PennEnvironment judged the outcome as a mixed bag for the Commonwealth’s environment.

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News Release | Environment America

House Passes “Oil Above All” Energy Package

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4480, a package of bills that seek to open millions of acres of public lands to drilling, deepen our dependence on oil, create gaping holes in the Clean Air Act, and severely limit the scope of citizen participation in federal decisions regarding public lands. Environment America stands with the environmental community in opposing House Leadership’s relentless pursuit of an “oil above all” energy policy.

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