News Release | Environment America

America’s Great Outdoors Report Celebrates the Best of America

Environment America applauds the President for his celebration of America’s Great Outdoors in his long anticipated report highlighting findings from the Administration’s listening sessions, which asked Americans how to protect the places they value most.

Report | Environment America

The Best of America Under Threat from Underfunding

America’s national parks are the nation’s most treasured places- where visitors can experience the best of America’s great outdoors, wildlife, history and culture. However, even as more people are visiting parks, operating budgets for the majority of national parks are at risk of being cut. Nearly three-quarters of parks that saw an increase in visitorship last year face a budget cut in the next fiscal year.

News Release | Environment America

National Parks Under Threat from Underfunding

Visitorship to national parks is on the rise but parks are threatened by underfunding according to a new report, The Best of America Under Threat from Underfunding released today by Environment America. The group warns that as our parks draw more and more visitors, they could face budget cuts in the coming year- leaving park managers with fewer resources for maintenance, upkeep and stewardship.

News Release | Environment America

Victory in Colorado for water and public accountability on mining

Today, the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board voted unanimously, 7 to 0, in favor of clean water protections and an open public process regarding mine prospecting decisions.

News Release | Environment America

Environment Washington Urges Obama Administration to Expand Mt. Rainier National Park

As the Obama administration continued listening sessions on their America’s Great Outdoors initiative, Environment Washington is urging officials to save the best of Washington and expand Mt. Rainier National Park to protect one of the nation’s last inland rainforests from logging and development.

News Release | Environment America

Environment America Urges Passage of Wilderness Protection Bill

This afternoon, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 1769, The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act, sponsored by Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA). This important legislation will protect as wilderness over 22,000 acres of pristine forestlands and will increase protections for two rivers. Environment America urged Representatives to pass the bill.

News Release | Environment America

Texas State Group Calls on Land Commissioner To Protect Christmas Mountains

Environment Texas called on Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson to either provide adequate state resources to protect the Christmas Mountains of west Texas or finally allow for the transfer of the property to Big Bend National Park.

News Release | Environment America

Nearly 100,000 citizens urge Sec. Salazar to protect Grand Canyon from uranium mining

Last week Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar received comments from more than 98,200 citizens asking him to protect the lands around Grand Canyon National Park from mining.

News Release | Environment America

Bush-era Forest Service Influence Still Quietly Paving Paradise

A new Environment America report reveals that nearly 90,000 acres of undeveloped national forest areas across the country that support clean water and critical wildlife have scheduled logging projects moving forward.  Forests in Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Colorado are among those scheduled for commercial logging starting this spring right under the nose of the new administration.

Report | Environment America

Quietly Paving Paradise: How Bush Policies Still Threaten America's National Forests

America’s roadless national forests are treasured pieces of our common landscape and heritage. Pristine forests have provided generation after generation of Americans with clean air and water, and opportunities to experience the beauty of the great outdoors. Furthermore, these forests represent some of the last suitable habitat for many species of wildlife. In 2001, the Roadless Area Conservation Rule offered protections for 58.5 million acres of our intact national forests against the threat of road building associated with logging, mining, and drilling.

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