Corporate Assault on Our National Parks!

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Save The Olympic Peninsula’s Board of Directors and Legal Team have been busy putting your generous donations to work. As the Forest Service prepares to issue its final decision on issuing the Navy the permits they deem necessary to allow the use of one of the finest forest resources in the world for electronic warfare training, we are preparing a significant response. It is time to educate the Navy about their legal obligations to be responsible stewards of an irreplaceable natural environment. Look for STOP’s next Update outlining our Action Plan!

To that end, we are also supporting the following petition sponsored by CREDO, which is aimed at keeping corporate influence and control out of our national park system. Please join us in this effort by signing the petition, and stay tuned for an active summer and fall.

CREDO ACTION REQUEST
This year marks the 100-year anniversary of our national parks system, which one American historian called “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.”

But because of chronic neglect and underfunding from Congress, the National Park Service (NPS) is set to adopt a very bad idea for our national parks: Corporate sponsorships that run the risk of plastering our most treasured sites of America’s natural heritage with corporate branding and logos.
The new rules, inserted into an order by NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis that will take effect by the end of the year, would “swing open the gates of the 411 national parks, monuments and conservation areas to an unprecedented level of corporate donations.”1 We need to flood Jarvis’s office with opposition to this idea and let him know that this is the wrong way to address Congress’ abysmal neglect of our parks.
It’s not a secret that Washington has given short shrift to our national parks. For years NPS has faced a staggering backlog of maintenance and repair in our national parks. Due to Congress’s neglect, the cost of that backlog has now grown to nearly $12 billion.

But plastering our parks with corporate sponsorships isn’t a solution to Washington’s neglect of our national parks. It’s capitulation.
The new order from NPS Director Jarvis would allow parks to start selling “naming rights,” which would allow the highest corporate bidder to place their name or logo – like a Nike Swoosh or a Starbucks logo – directly on select spaces and areas of our national parks like park buildings, benches, auditoriums, and visitor centers.3
Our national parks should be a refuge from the rampant advertising and commercialization that surrounds us on a daily basis. They serve as a reminder of

America’s natural heritage and of the things money can’t buy.

That’s why we need to tell NPS right now that this is the wrong way to fix the problem Congress has created. The solution is to support our parks with the adequate funding it needs, not corporate sponsorships that will flood our precious public lands with obtrusive marketing and logos that undermine the very purpose of these parks.
Thank you for speaking out.
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1 Comment

  1. StopPoisoningUs

    This National Park Service decision will starkly hit home. If they sell out the very concept of a national park, then the numbers will start dwindling. Folks, this is our major asset. Don’t diminish it because you’re too apathetic to send a quick email or, better yet, call the Park Service HQ to say “No corporate naming rights.”

    Contact info:
    https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/contactinformation.htm

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