From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters, America is a beautiful country. 因为泰迪·罗斯福, 15 总统 have protected some of our most special places as national monuments. We’re doing all we can to protect and preserve these places.
In America, we live and travel among natural wonders. Seeing them provides us, in the 单词 of author and historian Craig Shirley, with a “sense of beauty and utter freedom” that is “purely American.”
华莱士•斯泰格纳 被称为 the decision to protect these places “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best.” While Stegner was referring to national parks, that’s just one tool our country has used to protect and preserve the best of America.
Since 1906, when Teddy Roosevelt protected Devils Tower in Wyoming, 15 U.S. 总统 have used the Antiquities Act to protect and preserve special places of historical, cultural and scientific interest as national monuments.
2017年12月, President Trump dramatically cut Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Cutting two million acres combined from Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments opened areas that were previously protected to mining, drilling and development.
How can we protect our lands?
我们所做的: From the first days of the Trump administration, we mobilized to defend our public lands and waters from oil and gas drilling, logging and deep-sea mining that would devastate these natural wonders. And when the Biden administration came into office, one of our first requests was that it restore protections for these places. 2021年10月8日, President Biden delivered a conservation win for tribal groups, environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts, and restored protections to these special places.
在接下来的几个月里: We’re closely monitoring legislation in Congress that would strengthen the Antiquities Act, the law that gives 总统 the authority to designate national monuments for protection.
从长远来看: 最终, we need to win enough hearts and minds to our point of view so daring to weaken protections for America’s public lands would be a career-ending move for any elected official. That’s one more reason why our work to raise awareness and engage people in action matters.
We believe the enduring beauty, history and culture of these places are worth far more than the short-term value of any timber, minerals or oil we can extract from them.
Our national network has won much of the support necessary to establish such new national monuments as Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks 在新墨西哥州. We have a long track record of protecting other public lands, from President Bill Clinton’s declaration of nearly 60 million acres of national forest off-limits to logging and road-building to President Barack Obama’s moratorium on new mining on a million acres around the 大峡谷.
Protecting our national monuments and other public lands will require us to act where and when it matters most. We have staff in many of the states where national monuments are being targeted for reduction, and members in all of them.
Our success also depends on gaining support that transcends the partisan divide. 幸运的是, this is a cause that can unite hunters and hikers, anglers and birdwatchers, native tribes and businesses that cater to tourists.