Issues

Advocating for the protection of our national parks and programs is at the heart of the Coalition’s work. We provide knowledgeable and comprehensive analysis of the issues facing the park system through issue papers, comments, editorials and face-to-face meetings. Our most recent efforts are listed below.


The Interview: Why Outsourcing National Park Staff Would Be a Disaster

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has said he wants to outsource more visitor services, such as campgrounds operations, in national parks in order to save money. The Coalition believes such an approach is unlikely to reduce costs or improve service. Click “Read More” to see the Phil Francis interview on this topic in Men’s Journal magazine.

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Coalition Opposes Oil and Gas Leasing Near Dinosaur National Monument

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to issue leases in December 2017 for oil and gas development on parcels near Dinosaur National Monument within view of the park’s most popular Visitor Center. Click “Read More” to see our comment letter to BLM.

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Coalition Opposes House FY18 Appropriations Bill

The Coalition opposes the House FY18 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that includes funding cuts and policy riders that would impact our national parks and their ecosystems. Over the years the budget for our national parks has continued to decline resulting in significant reductions in the parks’ ability to maintain its aging infrastructure, protect and preserve our country’s cultural and natural resources, and to provide visitors with the kind of experience the National Park Service is known for. Click “Read More” to read our letter to the House Committee on Appropriations.

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NPS Centennial Biographies

Robert G. (Bob) Stanton

During his nearly 40 years of experience with the National Park Service (NPS), Bob Stanton served as a seasonal park ranger, management assistant, park superintendent, deputy regional director, regional director, associate director, and director, giving him a perspective and depth of experience matched by few others.

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Richard (Rick) Cook, 1950-2016

“Hey, it’s West, By God, Virginia” was a phrase more frequently heard from Rick, whether he was recalling his “earlier days” as an ambulance chasing hearse driver, working in the Governor’s Mansion, or writing papers for the U.S. Dept. of State to provide an intellectual base for world wide heritage conservation decisions in a United Nations forum.

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Maureen Finnerty

In her more than thirty year career, Maureen Finnerty was a ground-breaking and widely respected leader whom the National Park Service (NPS) relied upon for advice and counsel on numerous critical issues and functions. A woman consistently ahead of her time, she was the first woman to serve in several NPS positions.

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Hugh C. Miller

Hugh C. Miller. FAIA, FAPT, a 28-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS) served as the service’s second chief historical architect between 1979 and 1988. During that tenure, he was executive architect for the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and principal steward of the many nationally-significant historic buildings and landscapes in the service’s care.

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Rick Smith

Rick Smith started his NPS career in 1959 as a seasonal ranger in Yellowstone National Park (NP) and continued in that role for the next nine summers while he finished his undergraduate work, taught junior high school English and completed a master’s degree in English literature at Michigan State University.

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Christine L. Shaver

“To say that I love national parks and wilderness areas would be an understatement…I dedicated my entire career, from my early days at law school to my former post as head of the National Park Service’s Air Resources Division, to the protection and defense of our national parks and wild places, specifically against the threat of air pollution.” Thus wrote Chris Shaver a few months ago in an op-ed published in The Coloradoan advocating for tougher regulations to protect park air quality.

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