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President Designates 5 New National Monuments: One in New Mexico Over 240,000 Acres!

March 25, 2013 - Send an Email to the President Opposing More Such Massive Designations

Click the Send Message button to send an email to the President opposing a massive 240,000 acre National Monument designation in NM, as well as any future large-scale designations that will almost certainly eliminate all OHV access as well as other multiple uses.

Background:

As outgoing Interior Secretary Salazar prepares to leave, the Administration has moved forward with the designation of five new National Monuments, one of which is a massive designation of over 240,000 acres in the Rio Grande del Norte in New Mexico.  Secretary Salazar attended a “public” meeting regarding this designation in Taos late last year.  While the 200 attendees all supported the National Monument it was clear that the meeting had been hastily arranged and that the invitees were hand-picked proponents of the designation while representatives of many multiple uses were ignored and found out about the meeting the next day in the newspaper. 

The other four designations are much smaller in scope – the First State National Monument in Delaware; the Harriet Tubman National Monument on Maryland's Eastern Shore; the Charles Young National Monument in Xenia, Ohio; and the San Juan Islands National Monument off Washington state.

It is important that you weigh in with the Administration against the Rio Grande del Norte and future designations of massive National Monuments as OHV use will almost certainly be restricted in these areas.  Further, too often when there is no widespread local and Congressional support for designating public lands as wilderness or otherwise limiting multiple-use access, proponents seek to achieve their goal by calling for the Administration to designate the area as a National Monument.  This is what has happened in New Mexico.  There are other areas all across the country that anti-access proponents are urging the Administration to designate as National Monuments, including the 1.4 million acre Canyonlands in Utah.  It is imperative that the Administration hear from us that this is inappropriate and unnecessary as these are federally owned lands that the respective land management agency currently has the authority to protect as needed.

Click the Send Message button to send an email to the President opposing massive scale National Monument designations.

Recipients

  • The President Barack Obama

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Message

No More Massive National Monument Designations

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a member of Americans for Responsible Recreational Access I write in opposition to the recent designation of the Rio Grande del Norte area in New Mexico as a National Monument and to oppose future similar massive scale designations.



We urge you to truly and meaningfully engage the local public and stakeholders before making future land use decisions that will impact their livelihoods, way of life and opportunity for recreation. This is not what happened in New Mexico. A recent "public" meeting on the designation of the Rio Grande del Norte area was public in name only. While the 200 attendees all supported the National Monument it is clear that the meeting had been hastily arranged and that the invitees were hand-picked proponents of the designation while representatives of many multiple uses were ignored and found out about the meeting the next day in the newspaper. This is no way to manage public lands.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

 

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