America’s national parks should be protected, not shortchanged

From the jagged peaks of Grand Teton National Park, to the salmon runs up the North Cascades, to the sawgrass marshes of the Everglades, America’s national parks have some of the most beautiful sights in the country.

They are where some of our most unforgettable memories are formed—our first childhood hike, our first time sleeping under the stars, and our first glimpse of wildlife. They are home to thousands of different native plants and wildlife, and a source of clean air and drinking water.

No wonder writer Wallace Stegner called our nation’s parks “America’s best idea.” Yet incredibly, despite threats ranging from overdevelopment, pollution, mining, drilling and logging, as well as crumbling roads and facilities, if Congress doesn’t act, funds for our parks will be slashed within months.

Our senators have a unique opportunity to protect our parks

Year after year, we have seen Congress slash funding for our parks, and recently they moved to make more sweeping cuts to parks nationwide. This is not the way to protect our most beautiful places for years to come.

That’s why we’ve created a plan to make sure Congress provides the resources needed to safeguard our parks for generations to come. Environment America is bringing citizens together to convince our senators to make protecting our national parks a top priority this year, giving our parks the funding they deserve, and helping to leave a lasting legacy for America.

Together, we can protect America's parks

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 all of our parks forever.

Parks and Conservation Updates

News Release | Environment Washington

A Huge Victory for Mount Rainier National Park

Thanks to a huge outpouring of public support from Environment Washington members, we were able to convince our leaders in Washington to expand Mt. Rainier National Park and protect the Carbon River Valley rainforest.

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News Release | Environment Arizona

Environmental Day Brings Over 100 Citizen Advocates to the Capitol

Today at the Arizona State Capitol, more than 100 people from 25 different legislative districts and representing more than 20 groups met with their state legislators in support of environmental protection and conservation programs.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey

Testimony to the National Park Service Lafayette, New Jersey

Environment New Jersey fully supports the initial decision by the National Park Service to recommend the no build option of the Susquehanna Roseland powerline through the heart of the Delaware Water Gap.

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News Release | Environment America

One Million Acres around the Grand Canyon Protected from Toxic Mining

Today Interior Secretary Ken Salazar protected the Grand Canyon from toxic mining. After more than 2 years of environmental analysis and receiving nearly 300,000 public comments from the American people, environmental and conservation groups, the outdoor recreation industry, mayors and tribal leaders, Secretary Salazar withdrew more than 1 million acres of land around the canyon from new mining claims for the next twenty years.

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News Release | Environment America

One Step Closer to Protecting the Grand Canyon from Toxic Mining

The Bureau of Land Management released a final Environmental Impact Statement today that marks another important step toward protecting the Grand Canyon from toxic mining. This document analyzes potential impacts of uranium mining on public lands within 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon. It is the culmination of 2 years of study and nearly 300,000 public comments in support of the Administration’s preferred alternative- withdrawing the full million acres of lands around the canyon from new mining claims for the next twenty years.

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