Protect parks and trails from hydro-fracking
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement along with Proposed High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations in September and is accepting comments on both until January 11. While the proposed regulations include a recommendation that surface drilling be banned on state-owned lands – including parks and trails – oil and gas lobbyists are calling on the Governor and the state to rescind the ban. Tell DEC to uphold the public trust and keep fracking out of state parks and trails. Learn more.
Federal bike and pedestrian funding at risk
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has approved a bipartisan two-year highway reauthorization bill (S. 1813) known as MAP-21(Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century). This bill will dramatically reduce the available funding for Transportation Enhancements (TE), the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and Safe Routes to School(SR2S) by consolidating them into the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) fund along with bridge and highway programs. After 20 years, the dedicated 10 percent set-aside for bike and pedestrian programs has also been eliminated and states would be allowed to opt out of TEP, RTP, and SR2S and instead redirect funds to highway construction.
This is one of the most serious challenges to bicycle and pedestrian programs since they were created 20 years ago. Read the response from national biking and walking organizations.
The full Senate vote is imminent so please contact Senators Schumer and Gillibrand IMMEDIATELY. Ask them to offer an amendment to the MAP 21 bill to eliminate the opt-out provision and restore dedicated funding for biking and walking.
Sign petition for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is America’s most important conservation tool, investing offshore drilling revenues – not taxpayer dollars – to acquire lands within our national parks, forests, refuges, trails, and other federal lands and expanding and developing state and local parks and trails.
Unfortunately, LWCF funds are being diverted from their intended uses and much less than the authorized $900 million a year is being spent on America’s parks and outdoor recreation areas.
Parks & Trails New York is part of a coalition petitioning the White House to take action for full, dedicated and permanent funding for LWCF. If the petition gets 25,000 signatures by December 16, 2011, the White House will review it and respond! View and sign the petition now.