Save Our National Monuments
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On Friday, May 5, the Department of the Interior announced the first ever formal public comment period for members of the public to officially weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906, and the Department released a list of monuments under review under the President’s Executive Order 13792, issued April 26, 2017.
These monuments are natural areas set aside for conservancy by previous administrations. Prior to President Trump, each president respected previous national monument designations by prior administrations as a part of the president's legacy and as an unquestionable part of our American heritage. These national treasures and are used by hikers, outdoorsmen, hunters and fishermen, scientists, boy and girl scouts, church groups and more. They include the following:
Nevada Basin and Range
Bears Ears, Utah
Berryessa Snow Mountain, California
Canyons of the Ancients, Colorado
Carrizo Plain, California
Cascade Siskiyou, Oregon
Craters of the Moon, Idaho
Giant Sequoia, California
Gold Butte, Nevada
Grand Canyon-Parashant, Arizona
Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah
Hanford Reach, Washington
Ironwood Forest, Arizona
Mojave Trails, California
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, New Mexico
Rio Grande del Norte, New Mexico
Sand to Snow, California
San Gabriel Mountains, California
Sonoran Desert, Arizona
Upper Missouri River Breaks, Montana
Vermilion Cliffs Arizona, 2000
Katahdin Woods and Waters, Maine
Marine monuments include:
Marianas Trench, CNMI/Pacific Ocean
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, Atlantic Ocean
Pacific Remote Islands, Pacific Ocean
Papahanaumokuakea, Hawaii/Pacific Ocean
Rose Atoll, American Samoa/Pacific Ocean
Questioning the national monument designation of these areas paves a path to environmental destruction of sensitive areas, takes from our children's future, and violates the trust of the American People. It is a serious breach of ethics to consider removing national monument status from even one blade of protected grass, and the American people will not tolerate it. This is not a partisan issue. It is an issue of common decency. Opening this up for question shows an enormous disrespect for the first president to use the Antiquities Act to preserve wildlife; the Republican and great American leader Theodore Roosevelt, as well as each of the presidents who followed his example and commitment to preserving America's heritage.
We ask you to stop this foolish nonsense and leave our National Monuments alone. They belong to the people. Not the mining, oil or timber industry.
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