Help Protect National Monuments
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President Trump recently signed an executive order which forced the Department of the Interior to review the National Monuments created through the Antiquities Act, passed in 1906. The Antiquities Act allows for presidents to create National Monuments out of federal land, which protects the wildlife within the land and preserves any scientific or historical importance. This executive order could result in the dismantling of places like Giant Sequoia National Monument and Carrizo Plain National Monument, just a couple of the 54 National Monuments that could be affected by this executive order. America’s National Parks and National Monuments are incredibly beneficial not only for the wildlife within their respective regions, but for the United States’ economy. According the U.S. National Parks Service in 2011, the National Park Service generated over $13 billion and supported 252,000 jobs. Through this order, President Trump and the Department of the Interior could potentially rescind the designation for these National Monuments, allowing for state governments to exploit them for harmful drilling and mining operations. We request that no changes be made to these parks and that we continue to protect the wildlife within them.
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