In early December, President Donald Trump dismantled Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in southern Utah, eliminating over 2 million acres of public land protections. His proclamations allow for more mining and drilling claims to be made within the original boundaries of these monuments at 9 am EST on February 2nd.
Our national monuments and public lands and waters help define who we are as a nation by telling the story of our shared historical, cultural, and natural heritage. But multiple bills currently advancing in Congress would cement President Trump’s severely diminished national monument boundaries in place, weaken future Presidents’ ability to preserve our national heritage using an important law called the Antiquities Act, and take management of public lands out of the hands of the American people.
Last summer, millions of Americans joined in urging the Trump Administration to leave our national monuments and their existing protections intact. Now, we must unite again to defend our nation’s heritage against attacks in Congress. Tell your legislators to stand with our Monuments For All today!