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 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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Report | Environment America

Trashing our Treasures: Congressional Assault on the Best of America

National parks, forests, and public lands are essential for maintaining healthy ecosystems, safeguarding our waterways, cleaning up the air we breathe, protecting wildlife habitat, and providing opportunities for Americans to connect with the outdoors.

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News Release | Environment America

Public lands across the nation at risk of logging, road-building

Environment America released a new report last week revealing that pristine areas in public lands--from Shenandoah National Park to Glacier National Park to Mount Hood National Forest--could be at risk of logging, road-building, and other development if bills moving through the House of Representatives are signed into law.

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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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