Dear Friend of the National Parks,
We need your help again! Misguided legislation continues to threaten our beloved national parks.
The House of Representatives will vote as early as TOMORROW, June 19th, on a public lands bill that chips away at basic protections for our National Park System. Tell your U.S. representative to protect our national parks and vote NO on H.R. 2578!
The most far-reaching and extreme provision creates a zone within 100 miles of our country's international land border with Mexico and Canada. In this zone, most basic protections for national parks, historic sites, and other protected areas may cease to exist at the whim of the Department of Homeland Security.
This bill undermines basic national park protections based on the false premise that it is somehow impossible to secure our borders and protect our national heritage at the same time.
Take Action TODAY: Tell your U.S. representativethat you believe we can protect our national security while still protecting our national heritage and natural resources.
No government agency should be above the law, yet this bill would allow the Department of Homeland Security unfettered authority to ignore laws that protect our fish and wildlife, national parks, forests, and historic sites.
Ironically, the federal agency that would receive this unfettered authority said it does not want it, doesn't need it, and shouldn't have it. According to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, this legislation "is unnecessary, and it’s bad policy.”
The bill also includes two other provisions we strongly oppose, including authorization for reconstructing an expensive, little-used route in North Cascades National Park and policy that undermines the National Park Service’s carefully drafted plan that protects families, nesting shorebirds, and turtles--while still allowing vehicles--on many beaches at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Your voice is vital to the protection of our national parks. Thank you for taking action once more so that future generations can continue to enjoy our national treasures.
Director of Legislation and Policy
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