America’s national monuments are at risk. President Trump signed an Executive Order on April 26 ordering the Department of the Interior to review national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act since 1996 that are larger than 100,000 acres in size, or where the Interior Secretary determines the designation was made without adequate public outreach or support. The initial list of 27 monuments that would undergo review included six in California: Berryessa Snow Mountain, Carrizo Plain, Giant Sequoia, Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and San Gabriel Mountains National Monuments.
In a report released in September, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended no monuments in California be reduced. While this is a welcome temporary reprieve for California, other monuments throughout America remain at risk. 10 monuments have been identified by Interior Secretary Zinke to be either reduced in overall size or existing protections be rolled back.
Our parks and monuments are for all Americans, preserving America’s heritage and history, as well as safeguarding irreplaceable wildlife, habitat and natural resources. They serve as a testament to our collective history and should be protected for future generations. Since being an enacted in 1906, the Antiquities Act has been utilized by 16 Presidents and has preserved iconic American places and landscapes.
An attack on one monument is an attack on all public lands!
Please join us and urge your Congressional Representative to protect America’s monuments and public lands.
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Protect America's National Monuments
I strongly oppose efforts to roll back existing protections to our public lands and national monuments. The recent targeting of 27 National Monuments including 6 in California by the Department of Interior is an attack on our public lands and on our state's leadership in protecting our natural resources.Our parks and monuments are for all Americans, preserving America's heritage and history, as well as safeguarding irreplaceable wildlife, habitat and natural resources. They serve as a testament to our collective history and should be protected for future generations.
Californians value, appreciate, and visit our world-class natural lands, parks, and open spaces. In our state, over $85 billion comes into our economy because of outdoor recreation spending and economic activity, and it directly creates more than 730,000 jobs. Overall, outdoor recreation generates $887 billion annually across the nation. Our parks and monuments are economic engines, providing critical jobs in our communities.
Don't let existing protections of our public lands be eroded. I urge you to speak up for California against the Department of Interior's review and oppose any efforts to weaken or remove protections for national monument and public lands!
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