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Petitioning U.S National Park Services

Remove Selma’s KKK Memorialization: Rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge

Fifty years ago, the Voting Rights Movement marched through Selma and over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The marches across the bridge led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and today the bridge is a symbol of nonviolent victory for change! Unfortunately, the bridge is STILL named after a man who served as Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan, was a Confederate General, and was later elected as a United States Senator. The bridge was the site of “Bloody Sunday”. On March 7, 1965, hundreds of nonviolent protesters attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery for their right to vote. But as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were met by Alabama state troopers and deputized civilians who were armed with billy clubs, tear gas, and cattle prods and attacked the marchers and drove them back to Brown Chapel Church. How could a landmark that holds so much significance for the civil rights movement be named after a man who not only supported slavery, but held one of the highest positions within the Ku Klux Klan? It's time for the state of Alabama, the city of Selma, and the National Park Service to remove a KKK leader's name from the historic bridge.  Selma and the Voting Rights Movement altered the course of history forever, and Selma has done too much for this country to remain unchanged. Selma is currently 80% African American, with a black mayor and majority African American local city officials. The name Edmund Pettus is far from what the city of Selma should honor. Let’s change the image of the bridge from hatred and rename it to memorialize hope and progress. Please sign our petition calling on Selma and Alabama leaders and the National Park Service to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Students UNITE
190,049 supporters
Petitioning U.S National Park Services

National Park Service: Don't Kill Deer in Our Nation’s Capital

Dear Friends – At the end of the week, a hike or bike ride through Rock Creek National Park, in Washington DC, is a cleansing antidote to a heavy work schedule and the stress of city living. When that hike or bike ride includes a chance meeting with a creature of the forest, however, it becomes a magical, even spiritual, experience. To spot a red fox or a pileated woodpecker really makes our day. To come upon a peaceful, gentle doe and fawn, or a magnificent buck standing in a glen, takes our breath away and confers upon us a profound feeling of gratitude and wellbeing that lasts all week. To know that these beautiful and gentle animals are in the park living out their lives is very important to us. While the world is in upheaval all around us it makes us inexplicably happy and hopeful to know that, at least in the wilds of Rock Creek Park, all is as it should be. In the spring of 2012, however, the wellbeing of the Park was suddenly threatened. The National Park Service, for the first time in the 123-year history of the park, ordered the killing of half of the park’s 314 deer in the first year of a multi-year killing program for the stated purpose of protecting native plant species from “overbrowsing.” These practically tame deer, who have never before been harassed or hunted, were ordered to be shot with guns and archery after being lured to piles of grain, apples and hay; others would be killed after capturing them with nets and shooting them in the head with penetrating captive-bolt guns, or by bleeding them to death. A coalition of dedicated Washington residents, attorneys, and animal-protection groups, including In Defense of Animals (IDA), has studied the Park Service proposal in depth and has concluded that the Park Service proposal is not only unprecedented, but it is unnecessary, ineffective, inefficient, inhumane and unacceptable. There are so many reasons to oppose the Park Service plan: First, eliminating the deer is unnecessary as there is no deer overpopulation in Rock Creek Park at this time. The Park Service’s own records clearly state that there is no current over-population of deer in Rock Creek Park. Instead, the Park Service plan states that killing is needed to address the “POTENTIAL” of deer becoming the dominant force in the park’s ecosystem, and that deer “COULD POSSIBLY” affect the forest “IN THE FUTURE.” Secondly, deer aren’t destroying Rock Creek Park; invasive exotic plants are. Since 1996, the National Park Service has identified invasive non-native plants entering the park from neighboring properties to be “the most serious threat to this natural area and the top management priority.” By 2012, however, the Park Service had failed to stem the overwhelming spread of exotic plants and blamed the deer for damage to native plants instead. Third, even if there were a deer overpopulation problem in Rock Creek Park, killing is unnecessary. There are effective non-lethal ways to control the deer population, and there are many non-lethal ways of protecting plants from deer. Several reproductive control agents developed for wildlife are readily available and have been successfully used elsewhere in the country – including by the National Park Service on other lands under its jurisdiction. The cost is comparable to or less than a killing program. In addition, fencing, deer repellants, and other non-lethal means are used routinely across the country to successfully protect plants from deer. Fourth, hunting and killing is an ineffective and inefficient way to regulate the deer population. When food is plentiful, deer tend to have twins and even triplets. When food is scarce, they have single fawns, or stop reproducing altogether. After many deer are killed the remaining ones will produce even more fawns since even more food will be available to them. In addition, deer who are killed will rapidly be replaced by deer immigrants from adjacent Maryland. Fifth, lethal deer controls are inhumane. Luring deer with food and then ambushing them with bullets and archery, capturing them with nets and smashing their skulls with penetrating captive bolts, or bleeding them to death, is brutal and inhumane. In fact, killing wild animals after luring them with food is considered to be so offensive that it is illegal in 28 states. Archery is widely acknowledged to be a particularly inhumane method of killing. Statistics show that the wounding rate is over 50 percent. This means that for every animal dragged from the woods by a bow hunter, at least one animal is left to suffer and die a slow, excruciating death. Lastly, killing the deer was overwhelmingly opposed by the public during public comment periods on the Park Service proposal. Fifty-three times as many comments supported an option to use only non-lethal means than opposed it. Fourteen times as many comments opposed the lethal reduction of deer than supported it. Non-lethal means to control the Rock Creek Park deer are also favored by many elected officials including several members of Congress. Among them are Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, DC, Rep. James. P. Moran of Virginia, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. While we have been able to stall the kill temporarily for the past few months through a lawsuit, the Rock Creek Park deer now desperately need your help. The National Park Service needs to hear from you that killing deer in the middle of the nation’s capital is not acceptable. Please join us by imploring the National Park Service to choose humane, science-based alternatives – such as contraception -- instead of killing. Here in the nation’s capital we should be creating a model for peaceful co-existence with wildlife and exporting that model to other communities. Please sign this petition and circulate it to as many people as you can in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit Save the Rock Creek Park Deer on Facebook. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONCERN AND FOR YOUR HELP! Jeremy R. Rifkin and Carol Grunewald

Save the Rock Creek Park Deer
20,005 supporters
Petitioning U.S National Park Services

Designate Prince Rogers Nelson's Paisley Park As A National Historic Landmark

To National Historic Landmark Program & The Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson    Pursuant to Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36, part 65, we the undersigned, fans of Prince Rogers Nelson, do hereby nominate the building structure which was  the residence and studio of Prince Rogers Nelson, known as ‘Paisley Park’, located at 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen,Minnesota, 55317, to be designated as a National Historic Landmark for the purpose of preserving this landmark for the future and so that it not be destroyed or not available to future generations    This site sufficiently meets the criteria as set forth by the aforementioned regulation as follows:Paisley Park is a building and structure  which possesses exceptional value in illustrating the heritage of the United States in artistic culture and possesses a high degree of integrity of location and setting.   It is associated with the life of Prince Rogers Nelson, deceased, who is a significant person in the history of United States, a United States citizen who was an internationally  acclaimed musical artist, singer,writer,poet,composer,film director, and academy award winner. The association being that Paisley Park, so named by Prince Rogers Nelson,was not only where he lived, but also included a studio where he created the music and where a stage where he performed as well. The events associated with Prince Rogers Nelson are outstandingly represented.  As Paisley Park is associated with the life,music, of Prince Rogers Nelson, it meets the criteria for being named National Historic Landmark, with all of the benefits and protections therein.  The areas of significance are ‘Art’ and ‘The Performing Arts’. It is a building and structure which possesses cultural value.  Paisley Park possesses significant value  as that is not only  where Prince Rogers Nelson created music, but also where he lived and performed. It also possesses significant value to his legions of fans not only in the United States, but worldwide as well.    Prince Rogers Nelson’s significance is unquestionable in the history of music art and performing arts.. He had mastered numerous instruments, and received numerous awards for his achievements in music.     We the fans of Prince Roger Nelson wish the structure, building, and objects therein, to be preserved for future generations, and for those fans to visit and for others to visit. It is a location that is loved by his fans and recognized as the place which is associated with Prince,his life,and his music. We, the fans of Prince wish that the building and structure  be protected from demolition and/or any other sort of destruction. We, the fans of Prince wish that ‘Paisley Park’ be preserved as a tribute to the outstanding legacy to Prince and be designated as a museum and a National Historic Landmark.  

RayeEllen Stiles
16,774 supporters
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Petitioning U.S National Park Services

Don't Ban Sports & Recreation on the National Mall

There are few things more American or uniquely DC than playing a recreational sport in the shadow of the Washington Monument or the National Capitol Building. Unfortunately, the National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a ban on all sporting and recreational activity along the National Mall from 3rd to 17th Streets.  The ban includes eliminating currently permitted softball fields around the Washington Monument grounds and the first-come, first-served policy on the plots from 3rd-14th Streets.  The proposed policy is an extreme position and massive change from long standing practice. Among the NPS-cited concerns, their primary reason offered thus far for the total ban is the perceived impact sports and recreation might have on the recently installed grass turf.   Context:The total ban is antithetical to the purpose of the Mall.  Through the inception of the National Mall dating back to the L'Enfant plan of 1791 and the redesign by the McMillan Commission of 1901, a main intention of the Mall is to serve area citizens and the city by providing open recreation space. The National Mall represents the vast majority of open grass space in the city and is often cited as a contributing factor to the city’s frequent ranking as a best place to live or fittest communities.  The NPS over the past 2 years has already successfully managed preservation of the newly installed turf along the Mall by resting sections when necessary and working with local stakeholders.  At its peak recreational sports typically use portions of the Mall merely 4 workdays a week during a 3-4-hour early evening time frame and light use of some weekends.  This small time frame represents, at most, a moderate use of the Mall but has an over-sized impact on creating a foundation of well being for the city. Even those who do not regularly participate in the games, tourist and local residents alike, will often stop to watch the activity and reflect positively on the games and at times, join in themselves.  The NPS ban would dampen the vibrancy of the City by directly restricting access of tens of thousands of area residents and touching a much larger number of people through its negative impact on health and wellness and the local economy.  Exacerbated by an existing shortage of available play space throughout the city, the NPS ban would further stress the existing limited resources of the city and restrict groups like Congressional Softball, Senate Softball, House Softball, Flag Football, Soccer, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Bocce, Kickball and others that have become a DC institution and part of the fabric of the city.  While maintenance of the turf is certainly a worthy priority we do not believe it should be put above the recreational, health and economic needs and interests of area citizens.  This uniquely Washington DC, and indeed American, Institution must preserved. Our Position:Access to 3rd to 17th streets should remain open for sports and recreation as it is vital to the vibrancy and health of the city. We seek a dialogue with the National Park Service and other stakeholders to solve this impasse of access to the open space between 3rd-17th Streets.  We are ready to collaborate with the NPS to establish best practices that balance the need for recreation and the integrity of the Mall turf. Please help us maintain access and recreation on the National Mall by signing this petition and spreading the word.  You can get more information and learn about ways you can help at www.YesMallBall.com - A Coalition of stakeholders, concerned citizens and players on the National MallSUPPORTERS: Congressional Softball, DC Chamber of Commerce, United Fray, Social Sports Foundation

Robert Kinsler
14,479 supporters
Petitioning United States Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S National Park Services

PROTECT WILDLIFE AND HUMANS - HELP PREVENT WILDFIRES BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE

Wildfires are a leading cause in deforestation, the removal of trees and forests all over the world, and what makes it worse is that 90% of wildfires are caused by humans. It’s no secret that humans are a danger to the environment when it comes to our lifestyle, including pollution, deforestation, and the trash we leave behind. But, we leave behind matches, lit campfires, cigarettes, and other things that can cause wildfires that have the power to change things. This impacts the wildlife that lose their homes, food, and maybe their lives. This can be changed if we tighten regulations on letting in things that can cause fires that make incredible damage. Frantic evacuations of humans to get away from wildfires often leave the animals to fend for themselves. One major wildfire that has happened recently was the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River gorge in Washington and Oregon. It was reported September 2nd, 2017 at 4 PM in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area near the town of Cascade Locks, Oregon. It grew to 3,000 acres overnight. On the morning of September 5th, the fire grew to over 20,000 acres. At its biggest, it grew to 48,861 acres. This wildfire destroyed hundreds of houses, properties, and would force to evacuate hundreds of people. Tons of wildlife were found trapped between debris from trees and buildings. About 150 hikers were stranded when the fire broke out. They were found by the Gorge. One of the people who stepped up to rescue them was an Air Force Reserve medic. He described what happened and who the hikers were. “‘There was a lady who was pre-diabetic, one who had asthma, a few who weren’t really in very good shape. And some kids. That was my biggest concern, was the kids. One little 2-year-old said to her dad, ‘Daddy, I’m cold.’ And man, that just tears at your heart.’” The cause: a 15 year-old playing with fireworks in the middle of a fire ban. He was sentenced to 5 years of probation and 1,920 hours of community service. His mistake caused about $12 million in damage. Another major wildfire that has happened recently was the Black Forest Fire in Colorado. This started June 11, 2013 in Black Forest, Colorado in El Paso County near Colorado Springs. The blaze killed two people, a couple whose bodies were found by their car in the garage, belonging already packed. It burned 509 houses that were hidden in the forest, tucked away in the trees. It burned 14,280 acres of property and forest. This resulted in $420 million in damages and losses. The investigators have eliminated the possibility of natural causes, so that only leaves that it was human-caused. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office released a police report that states: “The only clearly established fact was that no natural causes existed and thus the fire was human caused”. They further explain this saying: “A potential cause associated with the metal particles cannot be ruled out, or positively identified. A potential cause associated with an intentional ignition is not supported by the evidence or circumstances, but cannot be completely ruled out. The origin of the fire is in an area that is not readily accessible from a roadway, allowing an easy escape, as is typical in intentionally set Wildland fires. There was no evidence of an other miscellaneous cause such as blasting, fireworks, welding, target shooting, etc”. They have not concluded on a final answer about what started this catastrophic conflagration, but they have finalized that it was human-caused. Finally, another recent wildfire was the Rim Fire. It began to burn in the Stanislaus National Forest in California and the Yosemite National Park in the steep mountains. The fire started August 17, 2013 and burned 257,000 acres. This catastrophic fire burned for nine weeks before firefighters were able to get it under control. The man responsible was 32-year old Keith Matthew Emerald. He was on a hunting trip when he started an illegal hunting fire. Investigators searched his car and belonging, expecting to find evidence in his phone or computer. During which, they asked Emerald in multiple interviews about how he started it. All of his responses were different. He said it was started by illegal pot growers, inadvertently started a rock slide, in which they made sparks and lit into a fire, and starting a fire and threw trash in it as it grew into a blaze and became uncontrolled. The police and investigators have ruled out everything other than intentional fire-starting. The Rim Fire became the biggest fire to burn the Sierra Nevada. It burned 11 residencies, and caused 10 injuries. Sign this petition to show your support for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to tighten regulations to prevent human caused wildfires and save the wildlife that use the forests as their home. This can make an impact on how to prevent further problems with forests, and potentially save the planet. Sites: http://katu.com/news/local/air-force-reserve-medic-among-those-who-helped-150-hikers-trapped-by-eagle-creek-fire https://www.kgw.com/article/news/crime/teen-who-started-eagle-creek-fire-gets-probation-community-service/283-509497002 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/ http://gazette.com/article/1502578?forgotpassword=1 http://wildfiretoday.com/tag/black-forest-fire/ http://www.sierranevada.ca.gov/our-region/rim-fire/the-rim-fire http://wildfiretoday.com/tag/rim-fire/        

N A
9,794 supporters
Petitioning U.S National Park Services

Allow E-bikes and Equal Access for the Aging and Disabled in OUR National Parks!

The Disabled and the Aging have found a way to enjoy the National Parks safely.  Please don't take this away! E-bikes are an environmentally sound way for people who are disabled or have aching joints, cardiac issues, etc. to enjoy the great beauty of this nation independently.  Some national parks like Acadia National Park have put up signs denying access to this beauty that others who are physically uncompromised and can ride regular bikes enjoy.  Acadia National Park makes the disabled and the aging go through a process if they want to use an e-bike. Is this fair when those who are physically able to ride a regular bike can just enter the Park freely? Most  of the people who purchase/rent e-bikes are over 50, and/or have limited mobility, ride them often more slowly and carefully than some on regular bicycles, and just want to enjoy the same access provided to the non-disabled and younger members of society.  E-bikes are quiet and energy efficient.  They allow people to get exercise by pedaling and providing a little assistance if they need it. Our nation's national parks belong to ALL its citizens, not just the healthy, not just the mobile, not just the community by which they are located.  The disabled and the aging citizens should not be discriminated against and have to jump through hoops that others don't just to enjoy their rights of free access to public places like OUR national parks.   Please add your name to this petition, share this petition and, if you have time, kindly share your story/reason for supporting e-bikes and equal access for ALL  to our nation's bike trails and parks.  

Celeste Burton
5,754 supporters
Petitioning U.S National Park Services, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

Protect the NPS C&O Canal and Potomac River from a Fracked Gas Pipeline.

We need your help to stop this project! Sign our petition by November 18! We call on the National Park Service (NPS) to deny TransCanada a right of way permit across the historic C&O Canal! TransCanada has requested Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authority to begin construction on other sections of the pipeline not under the jurisdiction of NPS. Potomac Riverkeeper Network and other water advocates are concerned because horizontal drilling for a gas pipeline has never been used to cross the Potomac. There is great uncertainty regarding the effect of this drilling technique on the region’s Karst geology that has significant influence on the hydrology of our drinking water sources. The public needs NPS to protect our historic treasures such as the C&O Canal and the Potomac River. Please sign our petition to urge the National Park Service not to issue a Right of Way permit for the Potomac Pipeline Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project. Remember, if approved, this pipeline would be the energy source for the controversial Rockwool USA insulation manufacturing plant. Stopping the Potomac Pipeline will prevent: Risk of pollution to the PotomacRisk of impact to the C&O Canal from a blow outRisk to destruction of historical propertyRisk of pollution to thousands of private wellsRisk of destruction to personal propertyRisk of continuous threat of a natural gas explosion On November 19, 2018, we will be presenting this petition at a press conference in Hagerstown, MD. Let’s have thousands of signatures, so sign this and encourage your friends and fellow clean water advocates to do so, too!

Upper Potomac Riverkeeper
5,525 supporters