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

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.

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