On April 26th, President Trump signed an executive order attempting to eliminate or shrink parks and monuments protected by our presidents in recent decades. The order casts doubt on the status of 27 national monuments—including Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument (protected by Barack Obama only last year), whose immeasurable ecological value is complemented by 100,000 irreplaceable archaeological and cultural sites. This is an attack on parks and our shared American history and heritage.
Wildlands Network sees Trump’s review of national monuments for what it is: an attack on our wild places. The review fundamentally counters our mission to promote human coexistence with the land and its wild inhabitants.
For just a few short weeks, the Department of the Interior will take public comments about Trump’s review. At this moment, your voice carries a lot of weight. The time to use it is now! Tell Secretary Zinke that our public lands are worth saving. The deadlines for public comments are
- Bears Ears National Monument: Saturday, May 26 [EXTENDED TO JULY 10 as of June 16, 2017]
- Other listed national monuments: Monday, July 10
More than 150 monuments protect America’s cultural, historical, and natural heritage for future generations. Since the inception of the Antiquities Act in 1906, no other president in history has attempted to reverse a predecessor’s national monument designation. Take action now to protect our wild places so that President Trump isn’t the first.
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