The attack on National Monuments has begun!
Members of Congress and the Trump Administration are using multiple approaches to roll back not only recently designated monuments like Bears Ears in Utah, but numerous ones designated since 1996.
We need to tell our Colorado representatives that this is unacceptable – Coloradans cherish their monuments, and want them protected for all to enjoy.
The current attacks include:
Legislation in both the Senate and House to require congressional AND state legislative approval for new National Monuments
A House Federal Lands Subcommittee oversight hearing scheduled for , which will focus on Antiques Act attacks
An Executive Order from President Trump, directing the Interior Department to “review” all National Monuments designated since 1996 over 100,000 acres OR “with insufficient input from affected communities” – this could affect dozens of monuments!
NOW is the time for action: Senator Gardner and Congressman Tipton need to hear from you!
The Antiquities Act, signed by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906, authorizes the President to protect “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest” by designating National Monuments by executive order. This authority has been used by 16 presidents (8 Republicans and 8 Democrats) to create more than 150 National Monuments.
The Act has been used to protect everything from historical sites in the East, such as the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland, to landscapes like Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction. The National Monument system includes some of our nation’s most iconic historic and archaeological sites, and half of our National Parks including the magnificent Grand Canyon, Acadia and the Great Sand Dunes National Park were initially protected as National Monuments.
Colorado has eight National Monuments, including the recently designated Chimney Rock and Browns Canyon National Monuments. Trump’s Executive Order could affect these, though Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is the top target. This Executive Order will also impact the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument that was designated in northern New Mexico in 2013.
Call Senator Gardner:
Washington (202) 224-5941
Denver (303) 391-5777
Durango (970) 259-1241
Call Congressman Tipton:
Washington (202) 225-4761
Grand Junction (970) 241-2499
Pueblo (719) 542-1073
Durango (970) 259-1490
Sample call language: “Hi, I’m calling to urge Senator Gardner/Congressman Tipton to oppose any efforts to undermine our National Monuments like Canyons of the Ancient.
Please also oppose any effort to undermine the Antiquities Act.
*Please add anything from the background section above, AND any personal experience you have with national monuments.