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.
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.