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President Donald Trump has launched an unprecedented attack on America’s national parks, public lands, and oceans. The U.S. Department of the Interior, led by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, is considering eliminating or shrinking at least 27 national monuments established by presidents from both parties since 1996.
National monuments are sites owned by all Americans who honor our nation’s cultural, historical, and outdoor heritage. Places from the Grand Canyon to Bears Ears, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and Stonewall have all been protected as national monuments. These places help define who we are as a nation, and any attempt to revoke or change the fabric of national monuments must be stopped.
The Department of the Interior has opened a public comment period for members of the public to weigh in on the protected status of these monuments. With your help, we can demonstrate the overwhelming public support for national monuments.
I am extremely disappointed that President Trump has signed an executive order that attempts to undermine America’s national monuments such as Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts. I strongly urge you to oppose any efforts to eliminate or shrink our national monuments.
Our national parks and public lands and waters help define who we are as a nation by telling the story of our historical, cultural, and natural heritage. These incredible resources are also critical to the country’s economy, driving tourism, outdoor recreation, and a quality of life associated with healthy public lands.
A 120-day review makes a mockery of the decades of work that local communities have invested to protect national monuments for future generations.
Americans overwhelmingly oppose this and other attacks on national parks, monuments, public lands, and waters. Today, I add my voice to the chorus calling on you to support our public lands and stop the efforts to eliminate or shrink national monuments.
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