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Secretary Salazar Announces Important Step toward Protecting the Grand Canyon from Toxic Mining

Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Department of the Interior has chosen the withdrawal of one million acres of land around Grand Canyon National Park from new mining claims for up to twenty years as the agency’s preferred course of action and that it would continue to protect these areas under an emergency withdrawal until the release of a final decision, expected at the end of the year. Environment America’s Anna Aurilio issued the following statement.

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Arizona State Budget Cuts Will Likely Force State Park Closures

As Gov. Jan Brewer signed off on the final budget late Wednesday, state parks throughout Arizona will likely face more closures in the coming months.

Tomorrow, inside this building, the House of Representatives will vote on a budget which would make massive cuts to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. HB 1 would cut funding for parks by 25% for the 2012-2013 biennium. These cuts could force the closure of at least seven state parks, eliminate funding for local parks and playgrounds, end leases for almost one million acres of public hunting land and hurt wildlife management efforts. 

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Public to Weigh In on Hardrock Mining near Grand Canyon

After months of analysis, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released a draft Environmental Impact Statement assessing the impact of hardrock mining on lands within the Grand Canyon watershed. Over the next forty-five days, the public is invited to comment on the Secretary’s proposal to withdraw up to one million acres of land around the Canyon from new mining claims.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.