• 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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  • Department of the Interior Seeks Public Comments on National Monuments

    May 12, 2017

    On April 26 President Donald Trump signed the Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act. The order directs the Department of the Interior to review all national monuments designated since January 1, 1996, to determine whether they meet the requirements and objectives of the Antiquities Act and whether they “appropriately balance the protection of landmarks, structures, and objects against the appropriate use of Federal lands and the effects on surrounding lands and communities.” This leaves wide latitude for removing protections for historic and cultural landscapes.

    Beginning on May 11, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is accepting public comments on regulations.gov on each monument. Written comments relating to the Bears Ears National Monument must be submitted before May 26, 2017. Comments regarding the remainder of the National Monuments under review must be submitted by July 10, 2017, 11:59 PM ET.

    Bears Ears National Monument, Utah

    photo by: Mason Cummings

    Bears Ears National Monument

  • President Donald Trump signs Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act

    April 27, 2017

    On April 26 President Donald Trump signed the Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act. The order directs the Department of the Interior to review all national monuments designated since January 1, 1996, to determine whether they meet the requirements and objectives of the Antiquities Act and whether they “appropriately balance the protection of landmarks, structures, and objects against the appropriate use of Federal lands and the effects on surrounding lands and communities.” This leaves wide latitude for removing protections for historic and cultural landscapes.

    At a minimum, 24 monuments will be under review, but the executive order allows for review of any of the roughly 50 monuments designated since 1996. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will make recommendations to the president for presidential action, legislative proposals, or other actions regarding the monuments reviewed. Within 45 days, Zinke will provide an interim report focusing on recommendations for Bears Ears National Monument. A full report is due in 120 days.

    As National Trust President and CEO Stephanie Meeks in a statement on this executive action:

    "This executive order is a troubling action that could undermine protections for many of our nation’s most significant cultural landscapes. Since its first use by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, Democratic and Republican presidents alike have used the Antiquities Act more than 150 times to designate iconic American places from the Statue of Liberty to Devils Tower to the Grand Canyon."

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