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 Points the Way For Preserving Open Space

As states face tight budgets in the economic downturn, a new report released by Environment America today draws on the experience of 15 states in securing reliable funding for open space programs. Among its key recommendations, Preserving America's Natural Heritage embraces bringing preservation measures directly to the voters – as is happening this fall in Minnesota, Ohio, Colorado, Georgia, and Florida.

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Report | Environment America

Preserving America's Natural Heritage: Lessons From States' Efforts to Fund Open Space Protection

America’s open spaces are an integral part of our national identity. Our natural landscapes not only provide us with places of great beauty, but they also play a critical role in providing habitat for wildlife along with clean water, fresh air and recreational opportunities for Americans. 

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Report | Environment America

California's State Parks: Worth Protecting

From the Anderson Redwoods State Reserve in Northern California to Montaña de Ora State Park in Central California to South Carlsbad State Beach near San Diego, California is home to some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. Two hundred and seventy eight of these areas are so beautiful, that we have bestowed them the designation of State Parks, vowing to preserve their beauty for future generations.

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News Release | Environment America

Are We Selling Our Future?

Environment Michigan Research and Policy Center’s “Drilling Our Conservation Heritage” Report, released today, highlights the oil and gas drilling industry as Michigan’s most prominent growing threat to our pristine and treasured state lands.   Little action is being taken to protect our most critical natural areas.  Instead, state legislators are contemplating the expansion of oil and gas wells for extraction and CO2 storage.   The Department of Natural Resources must take action now to ensure our conservation heritage is not threatened. 

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News Release | Environment America

Rio Grande Trail to Benefit New Mexico's Economy, Environment and Health

Although still in the planning stages, the Rio Grande Trail will provide hundreds of miles of new trail to hikers, bikers and joggers. Trail-related recreation is the most popular outdoor activity in the state with 41 percent of New Mexicans participating in some form of trail activity every year. This has translated into significant economic gain for the state—the outdoor recreation retail sales account for 4.6 percent of gross state product according to Blazing a Trail: The Benefits of a Rio Grande Trail in New Mexico, a new report released today by Environment New Mexico. The report highlights the need for trail funding from the New Mexico Legislature which convenes in session next week.

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