We are asking you to contact your Members of Congress in support of the following legislation which will strengthen the National Park System. Some of these bills have been acted on in either the House or the Senate, or in some cases, both chambers. Most of these bills enjoy broad bi-partisan support and would add value to the National Park System by helping to tell diverse stories, protecting battlefield land as the nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and conserving important natural & cultural resources.
We are asking you to urge your representatives in the House and Senate to pass these bills while the current 113th Congress is still in session. You can contact your legislators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121.
Cultural & Natural Resource Protection Bills:
- H.R. 1208/S. 507: Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act – This bill would establish a park with sites in New Mexico, Tennessee, and Washington State that would preserve locations related to the history of the development of the atomic bomb. The sites would empower the Park Service to tell the whole story of this enormous endeavor without guiding or prejudicing the visitor, and without either glorifying or ignoring the significance of nuclear fission. Status: H.R. 1208 and S. 507 have been reported out of committee. We are seeking support for both bills in the House and Senate.
- H.R. 2271/S. 305: Champion Hill, Port Gibson, and Raymond Battlefields Addition Act – This legislation would expand the boundary of Vicksburg National Military Park to include an additional 10,000 acres of significant core battlefield land. Status: S. 305 reported out of committee, we are seeking co-sponsors on Senate and House bills.
- H.R. 2259/S. 255: North Fork Watershed Protection Act – This bill would protect western boundary of Glacier National Park from oil and gas development on adjacent lands. Status: Senate Hearing has been held; seeking Senate and House support.
Bill to tell a More Diverse Story of American History:
- H.R. 520/S. 225: Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act – This bill would determine how the Buffalo Soldiers’ story should be represented within the Park System. The African-American troops who came to be known as the Buffalo Soldiers played a central role in protecting Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks; they were, in fact, our national parks’ first “guardians.” Status: Both bills reported out of Committee, seeking support in House and Senate.
Bill to expand Service Opportunities for Young Americans:
- H.R. 1351/S. 360: Public Lands Service Corps Act – This bill would provide service opportunities for youth to help restore the nation’s natural, cultural, and historic resources. Status: Bills introduced on 3/21/13 and 2/4/13, Senate hearing has been held, seeking Senate support. Needs a hearing in the House and House support.