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What we're doing about it

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In the courts

We are part of a coalition that sued President Trump over his proclamations lopping off big parts of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

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On the ground

We’re surveying springs within the current boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase, as well as monument lands stripped of protection. Join us in the field ›

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Sparking action

We give people the information they need to call their senators, write their representatives, and submit meaningful comments. Sign up for our action alerts ›

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Legal Update

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Immediately following President Trump’s slashing of Bears Ears, the member tribes of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition sued the government. The Grand Canyon Trust and our partners also quickly filed lawsuits on both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase reductions. Here’s the latest:

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Neil Levine

Court tug-of-war

Tribes, environmental groups, businesses, and others filed a total of five lawsuits in Washington D.C. over the national monument reductions. The Department of Justice is trying to get the cases transferred to Utah. We’ve resisted that effort and are awaiting a decision from the court. 

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The long legal road ahead

We believe Trump’s actions were contrary to the law, but it will probably be years before the courts conclusively rule on that question. In the meantime, we’re building our case, preparing our arguments, and doing everything we can to protect the interests of national-monument-loving Americans like you. Stay tuned.

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Threats to monument lands stripped of protection

When President Trump carved out swaths of Grand Staircase and Bears Ears, he rolled back hard-won protections and opened the doors for extractive industries to move in. Here’s what’s at risk.

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Drilling and mining

Uranium, copper, and cobalt mining claims have already popped up on the former monument lands. Read more ›

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Increased vehicle use

Trump’s proclamations give the secretary of the interior the authority to re-open roads previously closed to vehicles.

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Vandalism

Shriveled boundaries mean less funding and fewer resources to monitor and protect archaeological sites from looting and vandalism.

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Ed Moss

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Why Care

National monuments are yours to play in, pray in, and share in. They protect some of our country’s most amazing landscapes and cultural resources, and should be protected for the benefit of all, not exploited for the profit of few.

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What you can do

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Donate to the National Monuments Defense Fund

Support our legal work to defend the original boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. We'll be tied up in court for years to come. Contribute today ›

 

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Urge your senators to defend the Antiquities Act

Anti-conservation law-makers are introducing bills to dismantle existing monuments and undermine future presidents' ability to create new ones. Sign our petition and join our action alert list to hear the latest on these bills.

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The backstory

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Tim Peterson

An opaque review

In April 2017, President Trump signed an executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review 27 national monuments. Millions of comments flooded the Department of the Interior in response — an overwhelming 99 percent in favor of keeping our monuments as they are. Despite public opinion, President Trump followed through on Zinke's recommendations to slash Bears Ears and Grand Staircase, issuing new proclamations for the monuments. Read more ›

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What's in a name?

National parks, national monuments, national forests, national preserves — confused?

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There is a lot of misinformation when it comes to national monument designations — who designates them, how do they vary from national parks, what protections do monument designations afford, and what restrictions do they impose?

Here’s a basic breakdown of the key differences between national parks and national monuments:

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National Parks
  • Generally large, natural places, protected for their scenic, inspirational, educational, and recreational values
  • Designated only by Congress
  • Managed by the National Park Service
  • Hunting, mining and drilling are generally not allowed
National Monuments
  • Protect landmarks, structures, and other objects of historic, cultural, or scientific interest 
  • Usually designated by presidential proclamation
  • Managed by a variety of agencies
  • Accommodate a wide range of land uses, including livestock grazing, fishing, hunting, recreation, and more.

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100+ years of national monuments

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law. This law makes the destruction of archaeological sites on federal lands and the removal of artifacts from them punishable offenses. It also gives sitting presidents the authority to protect objects of historic or scientific interest by declaring them national monuments. National monuments are composed solely of already federal lands. Monument designations do not involve taking lands from states of anyone else. 

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Nonpartisan support

In the 100+ years of the Antiquities Act, nearly every president — Republican and Democrat — has used the Antiquities Act to create more than 125 national monuments protecting cliff dwellings, volcanoes, fossils, coral reefs, and more. In fact, six of the eight national parks on the Colorado Plateau started as national monuments, including the famed Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, Arches, and Petrified Forest, before Congress granted them park status.

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The unraveling of monuments is unfounded

The Antiquities Act gives presidents the authority to designate national monuments, not un-do them. We’re taking Trump to court to make sure his illegal actions don’t set a precedent that could unravel our country’s national monument legacy.

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National Monuments Blog

05/24/17

The truth about America's national monuments.

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