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

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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News Release | Environment California

Pinnacles National Park Act Headed to President’s Desk

Pinnacles National Park Act upgrades the protection status of Pinnacles National Monument, located in central California near Soledad, to that of a National Park. 

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Barrington first Rhode Island town to ban plastic bags

The Barrington Town Council voted 4 to 1 to pass an ordinance proposed by the Barrington Conservation Commission to ban plastic bags in the town. The ordinance prohibits the distribution of disposable plastic checkout bags at the point of sale, effective January 1, 2012.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Barrington community discusses plastic bag ban

At a Barrington Town Council meeting to discuss a proposed ban on plastic checkout bags in the town, community members, stakeholders, and organizations attended to offer feedback on the proposal. At the meeting, a spokesman for Shaw's Supermarket announced that the store will no longer provide plastic bags at its Barrington store. Sylven cited broad support for the proposed ban among the store's customers.

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News Release | Environment America

As State Legislators Gathered in Chicago Hear from the Oil & Gas Industry, Environment America Hails Legislators Taking Action on Fracking

As state legislators from around the country meet in Chicago today, their schedule includes a lunch sponsored by the American Natural Gas Association, with speakers expected to present an all-too rosy picture of the gas drilling boom.  Noting the absence of an opposing view on the weeklong agenda of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL)[1], Environment America cautioned legislators about the destructive impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).

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