Time Is Running Out. Take Action Now To Protect Our National Monuments!
- by: Sierra Club
- recipient: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
Right now, twenty-seven of our national monuments are under attack. And, we only have until July 10 to save them.
Over 20 years of national monument designations are now under review by the Department of the Interior, and we have just weeks to make sure our lands and waters remain protected.
These imperiled monuments – spanning from Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to California's Giant Sequoia National Monument to Hawaii's Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument – celebrate our natural and cultural history. With each designation, the public has already shown widespread support for protecting our forests, deserts, canyons, and underwater wonderlands. We cannot allow any efforts to rollback protections for our public lands and waters.
Tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that these 27 monuments must remain protected for generations to come.
Please take a moment to personalize your comment letter. Share why these lands and waters are important to you and must remain protected.
The following monuments are included in this review period:
AZ: Grand Canyon-Parashant, Ironwood Forest, Sonoran Desert, Vermilion Cliffs
CA: Berryessa Snow Mountain, Carrizo Plain, Giant Sequoia, Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, San Gabriel Mountains CO: Canyons of the Ancients
HI: Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
ID: Craters of the Moon
ME: Katahdin Woods and Waters
MT: Upper Missouri River Breaks
NM: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, Rio Grande del Norte
NV: Basin and Range, Gold Butte OR: Cascade Siskiyou
UT: Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante
WA: Hanford Reach
Atlantic Ocean: Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
Pacific Ocean: Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, Rose Atoll Marine National Monument
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Subject Line: Docket No. DOI-2017-0002
I am shocked and disappointed that you are moving forward with a review of 27 of our national monuments. These magnificent lands and waters celebrate our mountains, deserts, forests, canyons, and oceans. These places are living museums that tell the stories of cultures dating back millennia as well as the stories of people today. Any effort to alter or eliminate our natural and cultural history is reprehensible.
There is no need to review what people across the country already know first-hand -- that national monuments provide tangible health, natural, and economic benefits. Protected outdoor spaces drive the outdoor recreation economy, which supports 7.6 million jobs and generates $887 billion in consumer spending each year. National monuments and public lands are vital both for the history they preserve and the future they offer.
Our public lands help define who we are as a nation. Instead of asking which parts of our history and heritage we could roll back or even eliminate, please ask how we can make our outdoors reflect the full story of our country.
The only logical conclusion for this review is the same one people came to when each monument was originally designated – these 27 national monuments deserve to be protected for generations to come.
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