• National Trust Testimony in Defense of the Antiquities Act

    October 11, 2017

    On October 11, 2017, the National Trust provided testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee in support of the Antiquities Act of 1906 before, and in opposition to, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act (H.R. 3990). H.R. 3990 proposes sweeping changes to the Antiquities Act, undermining the longstanding protections and scope of the Act.

    "[H.R. 3990] would significantly limit the types of objects that could be protected, cap the size of monuments for the first time, give local and state officials unprecedented decision-making authority on public lands that belong to all Americans, and provide the President unprecedented authority to reduce the size of national monuments. Any one of these policies would significantly undermine this key tool for protecting our nation’s most historic places. As a whole, this bill would largely dismantle the Antiquities Act."

  • Help the National Trust save the lands where the American story unfolded

    August 23, 2017

    Growing up, summer vacation meant piling into the family station wagon to explore our country’s natural wonders. Little did I know that one day I would be asking for your help to preserve the beauty, history, stories, and inspiration of the same public lands and historic sites I saw as a child.

    The National Trust needs your support right now, because as I write, irreplaceable landscapes and cultural resources are endangered – like Bears Ears National Monument.

    The National Trust has engaged in a decade-long effort to achieve broad, diverse consensus from tribes, local communities, elected officials, and other stakeholders to protect 1.3 million acres of archaeological sites, cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and ancient roads from threats of vandalism and disrepair.

    But even now, attempts are underway to shrink the carefully drawn boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument and eliminate protection for countless sites and artifacts.

    The urgency to protect Bears Ears and other public lands is so pressing, our Board of Trustees has provided $25,000 in matching funds to inspire your generosity .

    The continuing vulnerability of such extraordinarily historic places is the best argument I can make for your generous support.

    With your help today, the National Trust will continue to play a constructive and effective role to preserve and protect these sites that tell the stories of customs, cultures, and events that are critical to American history.

    Please give now when your gift can be matched to keep our public lands and cultural artifacts accessible for future generations.

    While I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time, my parents gave me an incredible gift as a young girl . . . to experience America’s vast history upon the very lands where the stories unfolded. Together, let’s make sure it’s a gift that our children, and our children’s children, can receive too.

    Pam Bowman
    Director of Public Lands Policy

  • More than 2 million support protecting our national monuments

    July 11, 2017

    On July 11, a coalition of organizations including the National Trust announced that more than 2.7 million comments were collected in support of our National Monuments. The comments were submitted to regulations.gov as part of the April 26th Executive Order reviewing certain monument designations under the Antiquities Act. (Note that batch uploads may not reflect the full number of comments, due to the how the federal government tracks comments on regulations.gov.)

    National Trust for Historic Preservation President and CEO, Stephanie Meeks submitted additional comments to Secretary Zinke from the National Trust for Historic Preservation regarding all of the monuments under review, with specific comments on individual monuments: Canyons of the Ancients, Gold Butte, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Rio Grande del Norte, Upper Missouri River Breaks, Grand Caynon-Parashant, Cascade Siskeyou, Hanford Reach, Ironwood Forest, and Sonoran Desert.

    Secretary Zinke is expected to present a recommendation to President Trump in late August.

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