Public lands are an integral part of the American physical and social landscape. They are the manifestation of a radical notion that the most beautiful places in our country are too important to be owned by a single person, but rather belong to us all. In addition to being beautiful places to hike, camp, and explore, our public lands also provide the backbone for a growing economic powerhouse: the outdoor industry creates 7.6 million jobs in America and $887B in direct consumer spending. They provide a critical breathing space in an increasingly urban country. Getting outside and connecting nature is more than a fun activity—it has been scientifically proven to improve your health.
On April 26, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order that requires the Department of Interior to conduct an unprecedented review of over two dozen national monuments and marine national monuments. This means over 11 million acres of public lands are being “reviewed” to “determine whether each designation conforms” to the laws as the Trump Administration interprets them. Make no mistake, this Executive Order is putting beloved spaces such as Giant Sequoia National Monument in California, Grand-Staircase Escalante in Utah and Craters of the Moon in Idaho in direct threat.
As part of this process, the Department of the Interior is seeking comments from the public (that’s you!) You can make a difference by sharing what public lands mean to you by writing a comment in the form below. We will be submitting these comments to the Department of the Interior on your behalf.
Our friends at Outdoor Alliance put together some tips to make your comments as effective as possible. Here they are:
Your comment and name will be sent to the Department of the Interior in order to be included in the public record.
To submit comments online may have crashed or slowed down due to traffic. To contact the Department of Interior directly, you can send mail to:
Monument Review, MS-1530
US Department of the Interior
1849 C Street NW
Washington D.C. 20240
National Monuments Being Initially Reviewed Pursuant to Criteria in Executive Order 13792:
|Basin and Range||Nevada||2015||703,585|
|Berryessa Snow Mountain||California||2015||330,780|
|Canyons of the Ancients||Colorado||2000||175,160|
|Craters of the Moon||Idaho||1924/2000||737,525|
|Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks||New Mexico||2014||496,330|
|Rio Grande del Norte||New Mexico||2013||242,555|
|Sand to Snow||California||2016||154,000|
|San Gabriel Mountains||California||2014||346,177|
|Upper Missouri River Breaks||Montana||2001||377,346|
Marine National Monuments Being Reviewed Pursuant to Executive Orders 13795 and 13792:
|Marianas Trench||CNMI/Pacific Ocean||2009||60,938,240|
|Northeast Canyons and Seamounts||Atlantic Ocean||2016||3,114,320|
|Pacific Remote Islands||Pacific Ocean||2009||55,608,320|
|Rose Atoll||American Samoa||2009||8,609,045|
Cover photo by Hipcamp Field Scout Brian Chorski at Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument.
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