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

Report | Environment Missouri

Official Comment for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways draft General Management Plan

In this official comment on the NPS' draft General Management Plan for the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways, Environment Missouri urges a plan that will provide the strongest possible protections for the Current and Jacks Fork rivers.

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News Release | Environment Missouri Research and Policy Center

Environment Missouri Publishes Citizens Guide to the Current River

The Citizen's Guide to the Current River to provide information on park's natural wonders, history and ways for citizens to support the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

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Report | Environment Missouri Research and Policy Center

Citizen's Guide to the Current River

Overwhelming public support for the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers led to the creation of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways in 1964, and the public still supports the rivers and NPS management of the park.

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Groups appeal to National Parks Service to protect Current, Jacks Fork rivers

Leaders of about a dozen national and state environmental and outdoor groups gathered downtown today to call on the National Park Service to rehabilitate the Current River, which lies at the heart of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

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Activists Call For Clean-Up Of Current River

Activists upset about the state of the Current River presented 5,000 petition signatures to the National Park Service Tuesday, some of them symbolically written on canoe paddles.

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