Nick Lund: June 13, 2017

Out of Balance: National Parks and the Threat of Oil and Gas Development

New Report from the National Parks Conservation Association Shows Western Parks are Endangered by Potential Energy Development


Nick Lund

Senior Manager for Landscape Conservation at the NPCA 


The Southwest’s national parks are among the most-visited national parks in the country, drawing millions of people each year with their jaw-dropping scenic wonders and recreational opportunities. But these spectacular desert parks and the bustling tourism industry they provide for local communities will be at risk if we allow oil and gas drilling right at the park’s doorstep.

As the Trump Administration considers how to manage energy production on public lands, a new report by the National Parks Conservation Association shows just how many national parks in the West are endangered by potential energy development at their doorsteps. “Out of Balance: National Parks and the Threat of Oil and Gas Development,” details extent of possible energy development next to 7 national parks in the Southwest, including Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks.

On Tuesday, June 13th, NPCA Senior Manager For Landscape Conservation, Nick Lund will be available to talk about more about the report and how nearby development can have devastating impacts on national parks, their resources, and the visitor experience including:

  • Marred viewscapes
  • Sound and light pollution
  • Damage to wilderness landscapes
  • Disruptions to park wildlife
  • Air and water quality

Finally, Mr. Lund will give tips on how local communities can get involved and have a say in how their economies develop.  Energy development on public lands does not have to come at the expense of protecting our national parks

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More About Nick Lund:

Nick Lund is the NPCA’s Senior Manager for Landscape Conservation. His focus is on preventing harm to national parks from oil and gas development and infrastructure. He works to ensure that legislative efforts to open up national parks to fossil fuel development are defeated, and to work with federal land managers to ensure the protection America’s national park air, water, wildlife, as well as the natural experience enjoyed by millions of annual visitors. Nick has been working at NPCA since 2011, after graduating from the University Of Maine School Of Law and spending a yearlong fellowship at the Sea Grant Ocean and Coastal Law Center in Oxford, Mississippi.

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