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

Interior Secretary Recommends Eliminating Protections for Ten of America’s National Monuments

Ten national monuments could soon lose some protections and be spoiled by mining, drilling, logging and overfishing, according to a U.S. Interior Department document leaked last night. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that President Donald Trump eliminate parts of four national monuments, including Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, and open six other national monuments to commercial industry that threatens the land, water and wildlife. Not only is this recommendation environmentally irresponsible, it defies public opinion. Ninety-eight percent of the record-breaking 2.8 million public comments to the Interior Department asked the federal government to maintain or expand protections for the national monuments under review. 

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News Release | Environment America

Interior Secretary Zinke Recommends Eliminating Portions of America’s National Monuments

“The unwise and unpopular choice to stop protecting these lands and waters will ravage pristine places, put wildlife in danger and jeopardize scientific and archeological history, including sacred Native American sites.”

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Neighbors call on Interior Secretary to keep public lands in public hands

The battle to save our public lands has come to the gardens of Capitol Hill. More than 130 neighbors of U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have put up signs in their front yards calling on the secretary to protect America’s national monuments.

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News Release | Environment America

FY18 Budget Would Allow Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Today, the House of Representatives leadership unveiled its FY' 2018 budget which fails to protect our families health and our natural resources including language that would instruct the Natural Resources Committee to allow, for the first time ever, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a cut of $528 Million compared to FY'17.

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News Release | Environment America

Bears Ears National Monument needs to be fully protected.

Today Secretary Zinke announced his recommendation that President Trump consider reducing the size of the Bears Ears National Historic Monument.

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