Dear Friend of the National Parks,
We urgently need your help!
Senator Jim Risch of Idaho has filed an amendment to the Farm Bill which the Senate is debating this week. This amendment could open most of the 397 units of the National Park System to hunting--same as the bill passed by the House of Representatives in April, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act (H.R. 4089).
The bill includes language that purports to exclude national parks and national monuments like Yellowstone and the Great Smoky Mountains from hunting and recreational shooting, but it does NOT provide a guarantee. According to our recent legal analysis, the bill would open parks to hunting--where currently these activities are prohibited--unless the National Park Service goes through an exhaustive, time-consuming, costly process to close them.
Please write your senators immediately and ask them to oppose the Risch amendment to the Farm Bill if it comes up for a vote!
The bill ignores the many national park designations that do not allow hunting, such as national historical parks, national military parks, and national memorials.
The legislation has been touted as a tool to prioritize hunting and shooting on national forests and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, but it goes far beyond this goal by including the National Park System!
Take Action: Please ask your senators today to oppose the Risch amendment to the Farm Bill, which includes provisions that would greatly harm the National Park System.
Thank you for taking action to help protect our national parks.
Elise Russell Liguori
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