For over a century, American presidents have set aside lands of great importance – whether cultural, natural, or historic – as National Monuments. Protecting these spectacular sites was one of the United States’ greatest achievements, but now they are under attackby the Trump White House, which wants to cede this heritage to industrial exploitation.
The Senate is fighting back with a strong new bill, and we need your help to protect these irreplaceable lands for future generations and for the hundreds of species, from elk and pronghorn antelopes to mountain lions and right whales, that call them home.
National Monuments offer safe habitat to wildlife and plants of all kinds. They include such vital ocean preserves as the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Marine Monument, the first marine monument to ever be established in the Atlantic Ocean. This pristine area encompasses essential feeding grounds for numerous whale and dolphin species, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.
But sites like this are in jeopardy. The Trump White House has already slashed two Utah monuments (Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante) to the bone, marking the largest reduction in protected acreage in American history, and officials are working to shrink four more monuments and open tens of millions of additional acres to appease ultra-rich industries.
Under the Trump plan, right whale habitat could be overrun by large-scale fishing operations. In Utah, paleontologists recently uncovered a mind-blowing cache of ancient fossils in the very spot left vulnerable by Trump’s reduction of Bears Ears. Scientists warn that the White House move means open season for fossil looters and the gas and uranium industries.
President Trump’s actions are unprecedented and potentially illegal – lawmakers never intended to destroy Monuments. These are the American people’s lands and oceans, which is why the Senate has stepped up with a new bill to make that crystal clear to the White House.
The new ANTIQUITIES Act of 2018, S. 2354, would go a long way toward protecting national monuments from politically-motivated attacks. Help us propel this effort to the finish line. Tell your Senators to support the Antiquities Act of 2018!
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