op-ed

Pence’s use of Fort McHenry threatens Park Service employees

by Peter Jenkins | August 26, 2020
“Using the Park Service for a blatantly political speech, such as accepting a nomination for a political role, presents a major hazard of violating the Hatch Act, which forbids any federal employee other than the president or vice president from engaging in political activity at ...

Op-Ed | End noncompetitive leasing of BLM lands for oil and gas exploration

by Chandra Rosenthal | August 22, 2020
“What this process has done over the years is allow oil and gas interests to hoard land on the tiny chance they might develop it. During the Trump administration, land virtually given away in noncompetitive leases has more than doubled from 141,000 acres in 2017 to nearly 379,000 in ...

OP-ED | Public Lands Are Key to Fighting Climate Change

by Elizabeth Duan | August 17, 2020
Public lands account for a quarter of the nation’s land area and nearly a quarter of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions through extraction and combustion of fossil fuels ...

Op-Ed | Public Lands Are Key to Fighting Climate Change

A new administration must stop address climate change, stop the fossil fuel madness and rapidly work to heal our degraded public lands ...

Op-Ed | What’s Become Of The National Park Service’s Focus On History?

by Susan Sargent | March 2, 2020
“While overall employment in the agency has dropped by 3,500 or 16 percent, since 2011, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the number of historians in the Park Service has taken a much greater hit, percentage-wise, dropping from 449 in 2010 to just 149 ...