Don’t Fire Thousands of Park Rangers

Target: Senator Lisa Murkowski

Goal: Don’t fire thousands of the country’s park rangers, wildlife researchers, and geologists.

Thousands of government wildlife scientists and other stewards of America’s wildernesses could be forced to leave their jobs, if threats by Senator Lisa Murkowski to defund the Department of the Interior are carried out. This would be a devastating blow against our country’s wildlife and nature conservation efforts. Demand that Senator Murkowski not put thousands of these jobs on the chopping block.

Senator Murkowski has threatened to use her positions of influence as chair of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee and of an Appropriations subcommittee to siphon money out of the Department of the Interior’s annual budget. This would put thousands of jobs in the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service, among those of other agencies, at risk of losing their funding and consequently disappearing.

Senator Murkowski is doing this in a bid to pressure President Obama to cancel his plans to protect the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas drilling, an effort that the Alaska congresswoman has called a “stunning attack on [the state’s] sovereignty.”

The people who protect our country’s wildernesses and the countless animal species that live in them should not be used as bargaining chips to blackmail the President. Sign the petition below to demand that Senator Murkowski not reduce the Department of the Interior’s funding.


Dear Senator Murkowski,

I am writing you today regarding a number of threats you have recently made about abusing your position on Senate committees to reduce the annual funding of the Department of the Interior. These threats are entirely off-base and inappropriate.

Cutting this department’s funding means that thousands of park rangers, scientists, wildlife researchers, and others whose jobs are to preserve and protect our country’s wildernesses for future generations will likely face termination. In essence, it would remove many of nature’s custodians from their responsibilities, and put both wilderness and wildlife at great risk as a result.

Our country’s forests would be more vulnerable to illegal logging, and our country’s many different animal species would be more vulnerable to poaching and capture. Given your regular prioritization of dirty energy extraction over the welfare of our country’s wildernesses, I suppose you would not be concerned by this—but rest assured, to the average American, it is of paramount importance.

That you’re threatening to do this because President Obama is going to protect the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge makes it even worse. Keep completely innocent people who are doing good work out of your petty political grudge matches. I demand that you not decrease the Department of the Interior’s funding in the 2016 annual budget.


[Your Name Here]

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