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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