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House bill would put nail in the coffin of America's most important conservation program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) unveiled legislation today that effectively guts the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the 50-year old program that created and expanded parks across the country until Congress allowed it to expire at the end of September.

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Rep. Grijalva moves to protect Grand Canyon region from toxic mining

WASHINGTON, D.C.. - Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced a bill today to create the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument, which would protect 1.7 million acres of ponderosa pine forests, 12,000-year old archeological sites, and critical wildlife habitat from toxic uranium mining and other destructive activities.

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Congress fails our parks, forests and natural areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s most important conservation program will vanish at the stroke of midnight tonight, putting some of the nation’s most treasured parks, forests, and other landscapes at risk.

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Administration Launches Every Kid in a Park

Washington DC – Today President Obama, Secretary Jewell and CEQ Managing Director Goldfuss launched Every Kid in a Park – a program to give every fourth grader and their families free access to national parks.

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Conservation groups: no drilling auction until parks program is renewed

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Led by “the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt,” representatives of Environment America,, Gulf Restoration Network and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade today delivered more than 64,000 petition signatures to the office of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), calling on the agency to postpone a planned Wednesday auction of offshore oil and gas drilling leases until a critical parks program is reauthorized and fully funded by Congress. 

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Plaudits for Boulder White Clouds Wilderness Area

WASHINGTON, DC - Boulder-White Clouds in central Idaho will become the nation’s latest protected wilderness area, thanks to a measure unanimously adopted by the U.S. Senate today that has already cleared the House. The measure, which safeguards 275,000 acres of headwaters, jagged peaks, and wildlife habitat, now heads to the desk of President Obama, who’s certain to sign it.

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Obama designates three new national monuments

WASHINGTON, DC—Three of the nation’s spectacular natural and archeological wonders gain permanent protection today, as President Barack Obama creates Waco Mammoth National Monument in Texas, Basin and Range National Monumentin Nevada, and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in California.

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U.S. House votes against clean air, protection of natural areas

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. House lawmakers voted to stall new air quality standards and stop the protection of natural areas in the Grand Canyon watershed today, as they considered amendments to their 2016 spending bill for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior. The underlying spending measure, which could see a vote Thursday, cuts the EPA budget by 9 percent and uses policy riders to block a range of environmental protections -- from the Clean Water Rule to the Clean Power Plan.

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Senate leaders use spending bill for full-scale assault on air, water, land, and climate

WASHINGTON, DC – Senate appropriators continued their full-scale attack on the nation’s air, water, and climate today, adopting a spending bill riddled with anti-environmental policy riders that also severely underfunds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and land conservation.

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Public parks auction not far from reality sought in budget resolution

WASHINGTON, DC –A video released today features a live auction of the Grand Canyon, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and even the Statue of Liberty to private oil, gas and development interests. The stunt is remarkably close to the reality envisioned in Congress's new joint budget resolution, which advances the sale or giveaway of the nation's wildlife refuges, national forests, and other prized public landscapes.