• 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."

  • 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.

  • We have until July 10 to speak up for our priceless public lands. Act now!

    June 28, 2017

    As you may know, the Trump administration issued an executive order on April 26 that could alter or even attempt to rescind established national monuments—an unprecedented act that threatens extraordinary places.

    Join us now in giving voice to our public lands.

    Executive Order 13792 instructs the Department of the Interior to review national monuments designated since 1996 using the Antiquities Act that are more than 100,000 acres, or where Interior Secretary Zinke determines the designation was made without adequate public outreach or support. Those under review include Utah’s Bears Ears, Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, and Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients.

    These landscapes convey vital chapters of human habitation over thousands of years. National monument designation protects these lands from looting, drilling, mining, and other activities that would damage historic and cultural resources while unlocking their tourism potential for the benefit of local economies. Questioning the intent and integrity of efforts to reasonably protect these places is an affront to the American people and future generations.

    The time is now to advocate for our nation’s precious natural and cultural landscapes. Join us in telling Secretary Zinke that these places, so treasured by their communities, deserve full protection as national monuments.

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