UPDATE March 22, 2010: The version of the H.R. 1612 passed by Congress on Saturday March 20th, while it includes many important elements, fails to deliver the benefits it was drafted to provide. Some last minute amendments greatly restrict the size and scope of the program and require that 75 percent of the funding be restricted to largely firefighting activities. This means Service Corps participants can only engage in a fraction of the national park visitor service and maintenance efforts that were in the original bill. These amendments change the nature of the program and limit the range of skill development for program participants.
NPCA urges the Senate to move quickly to pass a clean version of the bill that does not restrict the funding or scope of the program, that equitably and rationally distributes resources among participating agencies, and, most importantly, puts more young Americans to work in national parks in rural and urban locations across our country.
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Congress Attempting to Promote Drilling in National Parks!
The House of Representatives could soon repeal updates to the safety and enforcement standards for oil and gas drilling in national parks. Tell your representative to oppose any attempt to remove protections related to drilling in national parks.
The Senate Is Voting to Strip Air Quality Protections!
The Senate will soon vote on eliminating requirements to control methane waste from oil and gas facilities on public lands. Contact your senators right now and ask them to VOTE NO on S.J. Res 11!
Parks Need More Champions in Congress
Send a message to your members of Congress to make sure they are doing everything they can to protect national parks.
Tell Secretary Zinke: Support National Parks
As he takes on this new role, join us in expressing why Secretary Zinke needs to be a strong steward of our national parks.
Tell Arkansas Officials to Protect Buffalo National River from Industrial Hog Operation
Please urge the Arkansas officials to deny C&H Hog Farm, Inc.'s permit to continue operating its industrial hog farm in the Buffalo National River watershed.
Make Olympic National Park a Certified Quiet Park
Support the Hear Our Olympics campaign and encourage the National Park Service to designate Olympic National Park a "Quiet Park."
Join the JBA Campaign
Join our coalition of concerned citizens as we promise to protect and preserve the future of Jamaica Bay.
Noisy Neighbors: Quiet Down in Olympic National Park!
Ask the U.S. Forest Service to respect Olympic National Park by denying the Navy's permit to expand noisy military jet training over the park's quietest places.
History Lost? Turnpike Expansion Threatens Valley Forge
Join NPCA in urging Pennsylvania officials to protect George Washington's Headquarters at Valley Forge with the Pennsylvania Turnpike widening project.
Tell Congress to Preserve and Protect the Antiquities Act!
Urge Congress to support the Antiquities Act, safeguarding America's special places, and oppose any amendments or bills to undermine this important law and the future preservation of and access to our national heritage.
Protect Our Great Lakes National Parks and Water Quality with Robust Funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative!
Tell Congress to ensure that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is fully funded at $300 million annually to protect the Great Lakes and national parks along their shores.
UnBearable: Speak Up for Alaska Wildlife!
The state of Alaska recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior in an attempt to dismantle recently finalized regulations that better protect bears and wolves. Tell Alaska's governor to protect wildlife and withdraw the lawsuit.
Don't Remove Clean Air Protections for Southwestern National Parks!
Utah lawmakers want to permanently eliminate a critical plan to clean up coal plants in Utah that are polluting eight national parks in the Southwest. Tell your members of Congress to stop this attack on national park air quality today!
Protect Voyageurs National Park and Boundary Waters from Harmful Sulfide Mining!
Join NPCA and tell the U.S. Forest Service to keep harmful sulfide-ore copper mining away from Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters watershed.
Our National Parks
Please join the National Parks Conservation Association and send a message to the President and Congress that our national parks matter.