It's Time to Protect Our Wild Places
What do the awe-inspiring wonder of the Grand Canyon, the ancient beauty of California's Big Sequoia forests, and the smoldering giant Mount St. Helens all have in common?
These national treasures were all permanently protected as national monuments by a sitting President, and that’s why we are able to enjoy them today.
Now, with Congress so broken, the power that President Obama has to name new national monuments is more important than ever. He has already taken steps in the right direction by naming nine new national monuments - but there's more to do.
Tell President Obama - now is the time for him to establish his Presidential legacy by naming some of our most special wild places as national monuments.
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Dear President Obama,
America's public lands are important to our long-term economic and environmental well-being and must be safeguarded now and for the future. You have an opportunity to create a legacy as enduring as Teddy Roosevelt's by using the Antiquities Act to protect our nation's special places. I urge you to cut through the partisan gridlock in Washington and stand up for these wild places by designating them as National Monuments to permanently protect their ecological and economic benefits for years to come.
America is blessed with a great diversity of natural wonders, some of the most amazing archeological, historical, and ecological treasures on Earth. Yet too many of these treasured lands lack the full protection they richly deserve. These are places like the Organ Mountains of New Mexico, the Canyonlands of Utah and the Grand Canyon Watershed of Arizona. These places are too special for us to allow them to be destroyed by mining, drilling or clear-cutting - they should be protected as national monuments.
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You have already taken steps in the right direction by naming several national monuments. Please use your presidency to permanently protect our most important wild places.