26 Apr ACTION ALERT! Executive Order on National Monuments Is A Threat to All Public Lands
Today, Donald Trump signed an executive order launching a review of all National Monuments over 100,000 acres that have been designated in the last 21 years. (21 years is a conveniently long cutoff designed to include the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah).
This review is a dangerous attack on our National Parks, Public Lands, and Oceans, as well as the neighboring communities that rely on them to support their recreation economies. These monuments were designated by the Antiquities Act, which was signed by Teddy Roosevelt, and designed to protect our nation’s historical, cultural, and natural heritage. It is a powerful conservation tool that has been used by 16 different presidents, from both ends of the political spectrum to create more than 150 National Monuments and protect public lands.
Trump’s review lays disastrous groundwork for future attacks on our public lands. Here at CHC, we are especially concerned about this executive order because of the importance of public lands here in the North Fork Valley. An attack on one national monument is an attack on all national monuments, and an attack on national monuments is an attack on all public lands. We can’t afford or allow a chipping away of our public lands and long-term environmental protections for the short-term benefit of a few energy companies and the risk of long-term irreparable harm.
Now is the time to call Senator Gardner and Congressman Tipton and tell them to do the same, and to oppose any action that would undermine the Antiquities Act and Colorado Monuments.
Call Senator Gardner:
Washington (202) 224-5941
Denver (303) 391-5777
Durango (970) 259-1241
Call Congressman Tipton:
Washington (202) 225-4761
Grand Junction (970) 241-2499
Pueblo (719) 542-1073
Durango (970) 259-1490
You can also make your voice heard on social media.
Senator Gardner social media handles:
Congressman Tipton social media handles:
Here are two sample Facebook posts you can use to contact your representatives:
Not only do America’s National Monuments preserve our nation’s history, our culture & our natural wonders, they help grow and sustain local communities and economies. With President Trump requesting a review of past National Monument designations, it’s time for all of us who love our #MonumentsForAll to stand up for our heritage. @SenCoryGardner and @CongressmanScottTipton defend our #MonumentsForAll
An attack on our National Monuments is an attack on all of America’s parks, public lands, and oceans. Today President Trump took the unpopular step of requesting a review of past National Monument designations, putting America’s heritage at risk. @SenCoryGardner and @CongressmanScottTipton defend our #MonumentsForAll
Please also thank Senator Bennet for standing up for our public lands.
Washington: (202) 224-5852
Denver: (303) 455-7600