Save Our National Parks Before They're Gone
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The United States National Parks have shared their beauty with the World for over 145 years, and now they need our help.
PARKS HISTORY: By the Act of March 1, 1872, Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming "as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people" and placed it "under exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior".
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established. This "Organic Act" states that "the Service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations…by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purpose of the said parks, monuments and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." (Source: NPS)
THE ISSUE: The two greatest problems facing our National Parks are 1) Chronic underfunding of the Nation Parks Service, which has led to the deterioration of the parks infrastructure and forced closure of several public areas, and 2) Oil and gas drilling inside the Parks, which could cause permanently damage to the surrounding lands - this petition hopes to solve both these problems by urging the PotUS and Congress to increas the NPS annual budget and create strickter regulations on resource mining inside the Parks.(*Sources A + B)
The NPS manages more than 400 public Parks and Recreation Areas throughout the United States, and even though the annual budget has increased slightly over the last few years, the NPS is still operating on an overall deficit and is struggling to maintain the Parks system year to year. With over $11 Billion in backlogged critical repairs, and a budget that barely covers operation costs, the NPS has already been forced to downsize their staff and close several public areas, and more will follow soon. (*Sources A + C)
Once these areas are not accessible to the public, there is strong case to lease mining right to private companies inside of them. This could lead to irreparable damage that could scar these beautiful parks forever. Unbelievable as it may be, there are already over 500 active oil and gas wells inside the Parks system polluting it's natural beauty, they don't need any more. (*Source B)
THE SOLUTION: This petition urges the President as well as Congress to increase the NPS annual budget, and inact strickter regulations on mining inside the parks. Even though there is no obligation to respond to a petition, with a goal of five million signatures, this aims to be the largest petition in history and will be a message that cannot be ignored. Let's save our Parks and help preserve them for future generations!
The petition will be open to signatures until December 2019 or the goal of 5,000,000 is met. Help make a difference and follow and share our page on social media @BeforeTheyreGone + support our video project on Kickstarter, titled "Before They're Gone" (coming October 1st).
Our Team And Our Parks Thank You!
---Parks from headline image (starting at the top and going clockwise): 1)Canyonlands, Utah 2)Death Valley, California 3)Olympic Park/Mount Rainier, Washington 4)Denali, Alaska 5) Hawaiian Volcanoes, Hawaii 6)Kenai Fjords, Alaska 7)Glacier, Montana 8)Redwoods, California ----photographers can be found on our Instagram page HERE
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