Save Public Lands: Stop HR 2578
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Save Public Lands: Stop HR 2578

    1. Petition by

      Liz Clift

Overall, H.R. 2578 contains a number of provisions that would undermine the responsible balance of interests and considerations in the stewardship of the Nation's lands and natural resources. Further, various provisions would disregard and shortchange public input on a range of community interests, including natural resource protections, and preclude agencies from considering less environmentally
detrimental alternatives. Most significantly, H.R. 2578 would:

(1) undermine recent months of productive talks on a revised proposal to satisfy Alaska Native land claims and consider the natural resource and other values of timberland in Alaska's Tongass National Forest;

(2) reverse course on the science-based National Park Service plan, developed after a lengthy public engagement process, that provides an appropriate balance of off-road vehicle access and protection of sensitive seashore areas in North Carolina;

(3) weaken important National Environmental Policy Act and public involvement
provisions for actions affecting resources such as grazing on lands managed by the Department of the Interior; 

(4) thwart successful efforts by agencies to collaborate on border security while protecting our natural and cultural resources on Federal lands along U.S. borders by waiving thirty-seven environmental and administrative laws; and

(5) provide additional access to public lands for target practice.

All of these provisions present a false choice between natural resources protection and the economy or national security.

Specific lands affected include, but are not limited to:
North Cascades National Park, Big Bend National Park, Allegheny National Forest, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and Glacier National Park

Specific Federal Laws that Could Be Dismissed Via Bills within HR 2578 include, but are not limited to:
the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Antiquities Act of 1906

In addiiton to these problems, HR 2578 directly infringes upon the rights of indigenous peoples whose land falls within 100 miles of a land-border of the United States. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. HR 2578 Update

      Liz Clift
      Petition Organizer

      We need more signatures. Environment Montana (link included with a report outlining the problems of the bill) is just one of several organizations that's released warnings about what HR 2578 and the associated parts of this bill could do to devastate public lands, National Parks (including Glacier), and reservations. Other concerned organizations include:

      Environment Virginia
      Friends of the River
      Mariposans for the Environment and Responsible Government
      Alaska Wilderness League
      California Coastal Commission
      Defenders of Wildlife

      and more (
      Please share with your friends and encourage them to sign as well.


    3. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • cameron shelley RENO, NV
      • about 2 years ago

      I want my kids to be able to see wild and preserved areas in America with their kids. A bump to the bottom line of some corporation, does not justify destroying old growth forests.

    • Barb Clark GRAND MARAIS, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      Loss of protection of BWCAW.

    • Elizabeth O'Nan MARION, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      HR 2578 will also fund and allow firing ranges on public lands. Firing ranges are often Superfund sites due to lead contamination. Deadly accidents often occur. Terrorists and militia members have been trained at public firing ranges. These issues are so dangerous that HR 2578 seeks to "shield" or indemnify public lands from liability for these dangers.

      HR 2578 also wishes to expand public lands for hunting which is dangerous for the other 90% of public land users and encourages trespassing and terrorist activities on private property bordering public land.

    • Edward Laurson DENVER, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      Wildlife needs hundreds of acres to survive and this land has to be kept open range.


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