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Supporting Monuments

Supporting Monuments

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, birds, marine life, sustainability, environment

This Land is Our Land Events, July 27, 2017 (credit: TCA)

A review of 24 existing National Monuments and Marine Reserves is currently underway by the US Department of the Interior. Protection of these lands and waters was originally established by Presidents from both political party's under the 1906 Antiquities Act signed by Republican Presdient Theodore Roosevelt. The Act gives the authority to protect these special land/sea-scapes and sacred cultural sites solely to the President. Since then, no designated monument has been revoked and many were eventually given National Park and Wilderness designations by the US Congress. The public has an opportunity to voice individual opinions or recommendations regarding this monument review until July 10th, 2017.

The orgnization Monuments for All has created a comment page that requires less than a minute to complete and is automatically submited to the Department of the Interior. All comments are officially registered and your opinion counts. In a similar review period regarding the proposal to decommission the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, received nearly 800,000 comments during that open-to-the-public comment period. It is time to react once again.

As part of their ongoing efforts to protect and restore public lands, The Conservatioin Alliance, has just donated funds to support five special events in July. TCA's This Land is Our Land initiative, symbolically referring to the title of Woody Guthrie's famous song, supports public land events in Oregon, California, Minnesota, and New Mexico. These celebrations will take place on July 27, the same day as the outdoor industry’s This Land is Our Land March For Public Lands event takes place in Salt Lake City, UT.

You should consider joining one of these celebrations supporting our natural and cultural heritage and also making a personal donation to the grassroots efforts the Alliance underwrites through their grants' program.

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