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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) will join Center for American Progress Action Fund Vice President for Energy and Environment Policy, Christy Goldfuss, and outdoor leaders for a conference call today at 4:30pm ET (2:30pm MT/1:30pm PT) on an executive order that President Donald Trump is expected to announce tomorrow. The order will reportedly direct the U.S. Department of the Interior to review national monument designations under the Antiquities Act. Such a review would be an unprecedented attack on U.S. national parks, public lands, and waters. The speakers will discuss this bedrock conservation law and the significance of national monuments to sovereign tribal nations, local communities and businesses, and all Americans. A legal expert will also discuss the potential legal ramifications of the executive order.
Since it was signed into law in 1906, the Antiquities Act has been used by 16 presidents—eight Democrats and eight Republicans—to protect existing public lands as national monuments. From Stonewall to Muir Woods, national monuments help define who America is a nation. Furthermore, numerous studies have shown that communities located near monuments and other protected public lands have stronger economies, and that the outdoor and recreational opportunities they provide increase residents’ quality of life.
- Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
- Christy Goldfuss, Vice President for Energy and Environment Policy, Center for American Progress Action Fund
- Kristina Waggoner, Vice President, Boulder-Escalante Chamber of Commerce
- Mark Squillace, Director of the Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado Law School
- A member of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition
Tuesday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m. ET
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