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Secretary Jewell Recommits Support for Nation’s Premier Land Protection Program

Washington, D.C. - This past week, Secretary Jewell demonstrated her support for the nation’s premiere program for protecting our country’s public lands – the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Bill to Expand Yosemite Heard in Senate

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on National Parks’ hearing today included a bill to expand Yosemite National Park. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and co-sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer, would permit adding nearly 1,600 acres to the park. This proposal enjoys both local and statewide support in California.

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House Subcommittee Guts Parks, Clean Water, and Climate Protections

Washington, D.C. – This morning, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies moved to slash the FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations budget by 18 percent.

The bill zeroes out the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program designed to protect and expand parks, while falling short of restoring years of budget cuts to the National Park Service. It also blocks progress on clean water and climate. Environment America’s DC Office Director Anna Aurilio issued the following statement:

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Weak Rule by Jewell: New Interior Secretary’s Proposal Fails to Protect America’s Natural Heritage from Fracking

Today, as one of the first major policy decisions for new Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed scant protections for America’s natural heritage with its revised rules for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

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Environment America: Congratulations to Sally Jewell, New Head of the Department of Interior

Washington, D.C. – Moments ago the Senate voted to confirm Sally Jewell, President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of the Interior. Mary Rafferty, conservation program coordinator for Environment America, released the following statement:

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Environment America Thanks President Obama for Protecting Treasured American Landscapes

Washington, D.C. – President Obama is expected to designate five national monuments on Monday including a pristine region known as Rio Grande del Norte near Taos, New Mexico and a thousand acres along the San Juan Islands in Washington State.  The designations will permanently protect these landscapes from development.  The President is also expected to designate a few historic sites including First State National Monument in Delaware, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland, and, Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio. 

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Sally Jewell Should Move Forward as Secretary of Interior

Washington, D.C. – Moments ago the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to confirm Sally Jewell, President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of the Interior. Mary Rafferty, conservation program coordinator for Environment America, released the following statement:

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Environment America to Congress: Keep our Parks Open, Protected

Washington, D.C. – On the first day of spring, Environment America’s state affiliates across the country unveiled lists of the top ten reasons area parks deserve protection from pollution and overdevelopment. As Congress debates the nation’s budget this week in D.C., Environment America is asking Congress to keep our parks open and protected from pollution and overdevelopment by highlighting parks across the country.

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405 LOCAL ELECTED LEADERS, OUTDOORS BUSINESSES AND CONSERVATION GROUPS CALL ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO PROTECT NATION’S PARKS

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Environment America and 404 other groups released a letter to President Obama calling for lasting protections for our nation’s parks from drilling, mining, overdevelopment, and underfunding. 

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Senators Show Parks Valentine’s Day Love

Washington, D.C. – Today, on the 50th anniversary of its original introduction, a bipartisan group of Senators -- Max Baucus (D-MT), Richard Burr (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jon Tester (D-MT), Mark Udall (D-CO) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) -- introduced SB 338 to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a public land acquisition program.

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