Conservation America

National parks are places of curiosity and awe. If you’ve ever been to one, surely you’ll agree we need to keep protecting these treasures.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of America’s best ideas: the National Park Service, which manages everything from the iconic Grand Canyon to the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Credit: Grand Canyon National Park via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

America’s national parks should be protected, not shortchanged

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.

Credit: Grand Canyon National Park via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Yet instead of helping to protect and preserve our parks and other special places for our kids and future generations, some leaders in Congress have other ideas.

Some members of Congress are exerting their influence to convince the administration to mine for uranium right outside the Grand Canyon and drill for oil and gas near the Everglades.

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Mining and drilling are both wildly polluting, and would threaten the wildlife that call the Grand Canyon and the Everglades home — and they go against the very idea of protecting our most special places.

While it’s bad enough our parks are under threat and getting shortchanged on funding, some in Congress are actually trying to sell off our parks to the highest bidder.

Together, we can protect the Grand Canyon, the Everglades and other national parks for generations to come, so that our children can experience the same wonder that we have.

Credit: Mike Peters/Shutterstock

A legacy we can all be proud of                                                                      

We are banding together to stop these threats so that on the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, we can make a commitment to preserve these special places for kids growing up today.

Your support makes it possible for our staff to conduct research, make our case to the media, reach out to critical constituencies, and persuade our leaders to make the right choices.

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Issue updates

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Businesses Urge Protection for Berryessa-Snow Mountain

Sacramento – Today Tuleyome and Environment California released a video featuring business owners who have taken a stand to permanently protect over 350,000 acres of federal public lands in the Berryessa-Snow Mountain region of Northern California. Last month, one hundred local businesses released a letter calling on President Obama to protect this scenic landscape as a national monument.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

100 Businesses Urge Obama to Protect Berryessa-Snow Mountain

Sacramento – One hundred local businesses released a letter calling on President Obama to protect California’s Berryessa-Snow Mountain region as a national monument. The region, which spans 350,000 acres north of Napa up to the Mendocino National Forest, is a haven for rare wildlife and a popular destination for hiking, boating, and outdoor recreation.

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News Release | Environment California

Over 200 State Legislators Call on President Obama for Continued Action to Protect America’s Public Lands

Washington, DC -- In anticipation of National Parks Week coming up next week, 28 state legislators from California released a letter today thanking President Obama for protecting public lands here in California. They join more than 200 state legislators from around the country calling on President Obama to continue to fulfill his State of the Union promise and use his authority to protect America’s public lands.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Golden Gate National Recreation Area and California’s National Parks are Underfunded, Under Threat

As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new Environment California Research & Policy Center analysis entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts exposes the challenges facing California’s National Parks as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.

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