National Trust Testimony in Defense of the Antiquities Act

October 11, 2017 by Tom Cassidy

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."

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