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$110,000 Awarded to Nine Organizations Defending Public Lands

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The Conservation Alliance Board has approved nine emergency grants to support organizations working to defend our public lands. The grants, totaling $110,000, come from our new Public Lands Defense Fund.  We have awarded a total of $145,000 in grants from this fund in 2017 and plan to disburse at least $185,000 before the end of this year.

We established the Public Lands Defense Fund in January 2017 with contributions from Patagonia, The North Face, Arc’teryx, GU Energy Labs and Ibex Outdoor Clothing. Together, these four companies have committed $185,000 this year to support efforts to defend the integrity of our public lands. The Conservation Alliance board of directors awarded the following Public Lands Defense Fund grants last week:

Organization Project Amount
Earthworks Grassroots Campaign to Defend NEPA  $       7,500
Friends of Cedar Mesa Strategic Defense of Bears Ears National Monument  $     20,000
Friends of Nevada Wilderness Gold Butte National Monument Defense Campaign  $     10,000
Grand Canyon Trust Defending Bears Ears National Monument  $     10,000
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Defense Campaign $     15,000
Outdoor Alliance Navigating the New Public Land Heist  $       5,000
Soda Mountain Wilderness Council Defending the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument  $     10,000
The Wilderness Society Defending Our National Monuments in California and Arizona  $     17,500
Western Environmental Law Center Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Defense  $     15,000
TOTAL FUNDS AWARDED IN JUNE 2017 $110.000

Seven organizations received funding to respond to President Trump’s executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review all national monument designations larger than 100,000 acres from the past 21 years. Going back to 1999, The Conservation Alliance awarded 25 grants, totaling $765,000, to 13 different conservation organizations whose work was instrumental in protecting 10 of the national monuments included in the review.

Every organization that received funding for national monument defense is a former grantee of The Conservation Alliance. These organizations used Conservation Alliance funding to help designate the national monuments, and now will use Alliance funding to defend them.

“We opposes any effort to change the boundaries of existing national monuments through executive action. These monuments protect landscapes with important recreation, cultural, and habitat values,” said John Sterling, executive director of The Conservation Alliance. “We invested in the designation of these monuments, and we are proud to be in a position to fund the groups working to defend them.”

In addition to national monument defense,  we awarded grants to Outdoor Alliance for its effort to oppose the transfer of federal lands to states and public lands to private ownership, and Earthworks for its effort to defend the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Our Investment in National Monuments

The Conservation Alliance has a 28-year history of investing in efforts to protect public lands for their habitat and recreation values. In April, President Trump signed an executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review all national monument designations larger than 100,000 acres from the past 21 years to determine whether their boundaries are consistent with the intent of the Antiquities Act. The Interior Department then issued a list of 27 national monuments that would be included in the review, of which 22 are terrestrial and five are marine monuments. The Conservation Alliance made grants that helped secure 10 of those 22 land-based monuments under review.

Going back to 1999, we made 25 grants totaling $765,000 to 13 different conservation organizations whose work was instrumental in protecting 10 national monuments. This list only includes monuments currently under review by the Interior Department. Our funding has also helped secure many national monument designations that are not being considered by this review.

The Conservation Alliance opposes any effort to change the boundaries of existing national monuments through executive action. National monuments designated since 1996 protect landscapes with important recreation, cultural, and habitat values.

 

10 Takeaways from Sec. Zinke’s Interim Bears Ears Recommendation

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From headlines, to tweets, to emails, to texts – there is a lot of press covering Secretary Zinke’s interim Bears Ears National Monument recommendation. Because the report provides more questions than answers, we did our best to break it down into ten takeaways.

You can find and download his the full report here and read our formal response to it, here.

 1. First things first, let’s ground ourselves in the legacy-defining American landscape we’re talking about: Bears Ears National Monument. Bears Ears is perhaps the only place in the country with the highest concentration of magnificent and culturally significant rock art, dwellings, archaeological and geological splendors, spiritual places, and vast recreation opportunities.

Photo: Marc Toso

2. Secretary Zinke recommends that Bears Ears National Monument be shrunk. Largely, this interim report is purposefully vague, leaving room for amendments prior to the final recommendation’s due date on August 24th. While neither redrawn boundary maps, nor new proposed acreage were provided, it is clear Secretary Zinke is recommending Bears Ears National Monument be reduced in size.

3. We don’t know exactly how or by whom it will change, yet. Sec. Zinke has fulfilled on his duty to provide an interim recommendation on Bears Ears within 45 days of President Trump’s Executive Order #13792; however, we will not know Sec. Zinke’s full and final recommendation until the final report is due on August 24th.

4. President Trump wants to be offered the opportunity to alter Bears Ears, all by himself.  Sec. Zinke is to offer President Trump a recommendation that he can exercise as an executive action. Many legal scholars agree any executive action to undo or change a national monument established by a preceding President is illegal.

 

While rare, past Presidents have used executive action to change national monument boundaries. Notably, none of these changes have been challenged in court. The most notorious example of a President using executive action to alter a national monument was in 1915 when President Woodrow Wilson nearly cut in half Teddy Roosevelt’s Mount Olympus National Monument. This was never challenged in court, and in 1938 Congress acted to permanently protect Teddy’s original National Monument as Olympic National Park and doubled its size!

5. Sec. Zinke must recommend a way for Congress to make changes, too.  He’s tentatively recommended the following: 1) Congress should allow tribal co-management of whatever cultural areas are protected after the monument has been resized. 2) Congress should establish certain smaller areas as a national recreation areas (NRA) or a national conservation areas (NCA). 3)Congress should reevaluate the necessity of wilderness and wilderness study areas within a national monument boundary.

6. NRA, NCA and national monument…what’s the difference?  Both National Recreation Areas (NRAs) and National Conservation Areas (NCAs) are areas of public land protected for recreation, conservation and/or ecologic values. Often times NRAs are managed by the Forest Service (USFS) or National Park Service (NPS) and NCAs are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Unlike national monuments, NRAs and NCAs can only be designated through an act of Congress. While national monuments can be designated through congress as well, they are primarily established through executive action of the President by way of the Antiquities Act.

7. The integrity of the Antiquities Act is challenged, but its importance cannot be overstated.  Theodore Roosevelt catalyzed our country’s conservation legacy in 1906 with the creation of the Antiquities Act. Today, it is still one of the most important conservation tools in the toolbox. Historically nonpartisan, the Antiquities Act has been used by all but three U.S. Presidents, of the 18 since Teddy Roosevelt established the act, to protect over 130 national monuments. In fact, some of our country’s most iconic landscapes were first protected as national monuments under this Act. The Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Katmai, Pinnacles, and Olympic National Park are just some examples of world famous National Parks that began as National Monuments and were later bestowed by Congress as National Parks.

Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir in Yosemite’s Glacier Point, Photo: Library of Congress

 

8. The comments submitted and comments received don’t match up.  Sec. Zinke stated that 78,000 people submitted comments on behalf of Bears Ears.  When Sec. Zinke asked the American people to comment on the future of Bears Ears and the other 26 national monuments under review, one of the largest show of support for public lands erupted. Our partners counted every comment, and reported that over 1,000,000 Americans submitted comment on behalf of our special places.

9. While this interim recommendation sets the stage for more attacks on our public lands, we have a tool to defend them. OUR VOICES!

10. Secretary Zinke works for you, make sure he hears from you.  You have until July 10th to formally submit a comment to Secretary Zinke. Passionately tell him why Bears Ears National Monument should remain the way it is today, forever. Still want to do more? Speak up on behalf of the other 26 national monuments under review as well! Follow the two steps below to add your voice. We’ve added some suggested messaging to get you started, but please be sure to personalize your note. Thanks for taking action!

  1.  Click this link to access the DOI comment page:  https://www.regulations.gov/ 

  2.  Copy and paste the comment below.  It is very important that you personalize your comment. If you don’t personalize it, your comment may not be counted.  Please edit or add text based on your own experience.

RECOMMENDED COMMENT: 

As an outdoor enthusiast who loves our public lands, I support the designation of Bears Ears National Monument and ask that it’s boundaries remain unchanged.

For more than 100 years, Presidents of both parties have used the Antiquities Act–a tool signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt–to enact far-sighted protections for our common American inheritance. Bears Ears is exactly the kind of place the Antiquities Act intended to protect. It is rich in cultural history which inspired a historic coalition of tribes to band together to push for its designation. In addition to protecting over 100,000 archaeological sites, the designation preserves world-class recreation opportunities in places like Cedar Mesa, Grand Gulch, and Indian Creek.

The process that led to the designation of Bears Ears National Monument was thorough and transparent. For more than 80 years, decision makers from all sides presented proposals seeking permanent protection of all or part of this incredible landscape. The boundaries were informed by both the multi-year Public Lands Initiative and by a proposal from the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. Those boundaries do not exceed the acreage necessary to preserve the rich cultural heritage, ecological values, and recreation assets.

Thank you for reviewing the decades of hard work and thoughtful consideration that culminated in the designation of Bears Ears National Monument. Please recommend that President Trump leave the current Bears Ears National Monument boundaries in place.

Our Response to Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Interim Recommendation on Bears Ears National Monument

Photo Credit: Patagonia & Paul Draper

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today recommended that the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument be revised. Though his recommendation is short on details, it is clear that Secretary Zinke thinks President Trump should use executive action to reduce the size of the monument. This action sets in motion what many legal scholars agree is an illegal attempt to remove protections for the national monument in Utah. The Conservation Alliance will seek opportunities to support legal challenges to any executive order that attempts to change the Bears Ears boundaries.

It is hard to square Secretary Zinke’s recommendation with the fact that more than one million people commented in support of keeping the Bears Ears boundaries fully intact. The recommendation ignores the overwhelming will of Americans, Utahns, and most importantly the voice of unified Native American Tribes, who support full protection for the existing Bears Ears National Monument.

Secretary Zinke’s recommendation also represents a broad attack on the integrity of our public lands system by diminishing an important conservation tool. The Antiquities Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, gives the president the authority to safeguard federal lands and cultural and historical sites for all Americans to enjoy. Legal experts have concluded that the Antiquities Act clearly gives the president the authority to designate national monuments, but not the authority to rescind those designations. Any attempt to change the boundaries of Bears Ears will be challenged in court.

After President Trump ordered the national monument review, we stated our belief that any serious review of Bears Ears would conclude that this is a special place, beloved by millions of Americans for its cultural, recreation, and habitat values. Today’s recommendation indicates that the review was not serious, ignoring public sentiment, and disregarding the legitimate concerns of the tribal coalition that led the designation effort. The Conservation Alliance will work closely with our member companies and our partners in the conservation community to challenge this recommendation, and to demonstrate to political leaders the important role national monuments play in the outdoor recreation economy.

Together, we have made huge investments in our national monuments. We hope you will join us in protecting that investment. Please stay tuned for more details and opportunities to take action as this issue develops.

Signed,

John Sterling
Executive Director

Nearly 90 Conservation Alliance Members Respond to Secretary Zinke and Stand with Bears Ears National Monument

Photo Credit:  Marc Toso

The Conservation Alliance was deeply involved in securing designation for Bears Ears National Monument. Through our funding program, we supported many grassroots organizations that led the effort to protect this special landscape. And through our advocacy efforts, we helped bring the outdoor industry’s own voice to bear on the effort. Last December we all celebrated a monumental victory when President Obama declared this landscape a National Monument, protecting 1.35 million acres of rich archeological history and world-class outdoor recreation. The designation preserved 100,000 archaeological sites, and some of our favorite places to play in Utah, including Cedar Mesa, Grand Gulch, and Indian Creek.

Four weeks ago President Trumped signed Executive Order #13792 directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review 27 National Monuments designated or expanded since January 1, 1996 to determine if their boundaries are consistent with the intent of the Antiquities Act. Since Utah’s political leaders are pressuring President Trump to shrink or rescind Bears Ears National Monument, it became Secretary Zinke’s top priority.

When Secretary Zinke and the Department of Interior opened a 15-day public comment period to hear how Americans feel about Bears Ears National Monument, we took action and asked our members to join us in a formal response.

We Stand with Bears Ears and ask that Secretary Zinke recommend Bears Ears National Monument remain fully intact – all 1.35 million acres of archelogical history and world class recreation.


May 25, 2017

The Honorable Secretary Zinke
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240

RE: Monument Review, MS-1530

Secretary Zinke,

On behalf of nearly 90 outdoor industry companies, thank you for the opportunity to comment on Monument Review, MS-1530. The Conservation Alliance is a group of more than 200 outdoor industry companies nationwide that manufacture and sell products for use in the outdoors. As engaged stakeholders that depend on the wild landscapes where our customers recreate, we strongly oppose any executive action that would reduce or rescind any National Monument under review.

The Bears Ears landscape is exactly the kind of place the Antiquities Act intended to protect. It is rich in cultural history and archaeological sites, which inspired a historic coalition of tribes to band together to push for its designation. This tribal coalition remains staunchly opposed to any changes to the monument boundaries.

The region also boasts world-class rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, canyoneering, whitewater paddling, and skiing. Whether it be climbing in Indian Creek, paddling the San Juan River, or backpacking in Grand Gulch, the iconic recreation opportunities within the monument directly benefit the outdoor industry and its customers. Please see the attached map that details the recreation opportunities on the landscape. Bears Ears National Monument is a place where outdoor enthusiasts have the opportunity to respectfully explore a protected landscape where past and present intersect. Bears Ears National Monument can also help sustain a local recreation-based economy. According to a new study by the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation generates $12 billion in direct consumer spending and supports 122,000 jobs in Utah.

The process that led to the designation of Bears Ears National Monument was thorough and transparent. For more than 80 years, a wide array of decision makers presented proposals seeking permanent protection of all or part of this worthy landscape. The final boundaries closely resemble those proposed for legislative protection in the Public Lands Initiative (PLI), led by Representatives Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz. The PLI boundaries were drawn to include, not exceed, the acreage necessary to preserve the rich cultural heritage, ecological values, and recreational opportunities found in the area.

The Conservation Alliance did not ultimately support the PLI legislation because it included provisions that undermined bedrock conservation laws, and the management of federally protected lands. However, groundwork and maps drawn throughout the three-year PLI process significantly influenced the boundary that would ultimately define Bears Ears National Monument. The PLI process incorporated perspectives from not only the tribal coalition, the outdoor industry, and conservation groups, but also San Juan county residents. We are confident that any credible review of the Bears Ears designation will confirm that the boundaries are more than justified.

Thank you for reviewing the decades of hard work and thoughtful consideration that culminated in the designation of Bears Ears National Monument, and for making the time to visit the region. We hope that your experiencing this landscape first-hand will help lead you to recommend that President Trump leave the Bears Ears National Monument fully intact.

We look forward to working with you to steward America’s greatest public land treasures in a manner that allows future generations of Americans to enjoy these wild places. The Bears Ears National Monument is an iconic place worthy of protection for its cultural and recreation values. Preserving Bears Ears is an investment in our economic future.

Sincerely,

Bears Ears National Monument 15-Day Comment Period is Open

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On April 27th, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO #13792) directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review 27 National Monuments designated or expanded since January 1, 1996, to determine whether their boundaries are consistent with the intent of the Antiquities Act. This order identified Bears Ears as the first priority, and requires Secretary Zinke to submit a recommendation on the monument’s future by June 10th. Utah’s political leaders are pressuring President Trump to shrink or rescind Bears Ears National Monument.  While no President has ever attempted to revoke a National Monument, it is unclear how the President will respond to Secretary Zinke’s recommendations.

This EO threatens some of our most precious landscapes, many of which help us define who we are as a nation. We will potentially see recommendations to rescind any of the 27 National Monuments, scale them back in size, or alter the Antiquities Act – the bedrock conservation tool from which these National Monuments were designated.

The Department of Interior (DOI) opened a 15-day public comment period during which individuals and organizations may weigh in on the future of Bears Ears National Monument.  The commend period ends on May 26th. Now is the time for Secretary Zinke to hear why keeping this National Monument intact is so important to our community.

Follow these steps to make a comment:

  1.  Click this link to access the DOI comment page:  https://www.regulations.gov/ 

  2.  Copy and paste the comment below.  It is very important that you personalize your comment. If you don’t personalize it, your comment may not be counted.  Please edit or add text based on your own experience.  

RECOMMENDED COMMENT: 

As an outdoor enthusiast who loves our public lands, I support the designation of Bears Ears National Monument and ask that it’s boundaries remain unchanged.

For more than 100 years, Presidents of both parties have used the Antiquities Act–a tool signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt–to enact far-sighted protections for our common American inheritance. Bears Ears is exactly the kind of place the Antiquities Act intended to protect. It is rich in cultural history which inspired a historic coalition of tribes to band together to push for its designation. In addition to protecting over 100,000 archaeological sites, the designation preserves world-class recreation opportunities in places like Cedar Mesa, Grand Gulch, and Indian Creek.

The process that led to the designation of Bears Ears National Monument was thorough and transparent. For more than 80 years, decision makers from all sides presented proposals seeking permanent protection of all or part of this incredible landscape. The boundaries were informed by both the multi-year Public Lands Initiative and by a proposal from the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. Those boundaries do not exceed the acreage necessary to preserve the rich cultural heritage, ecological values, and recreation assets.

Thank you for reviewing the decades of hard work and thoughtful consideration that culminated in the designation of Bears Ears National Monument. Please recommend that President Trump leave the current Bears Ears National Monument boundaries in place.

Want to do more?

Click this link to post this action alert to your Twitter feed:  ACTION ALERT: We have 15 days to tell @SecretaryZinke to protect #BearsEars. Submit your comment today! https://ctt.ec/1L1Nn+

Share our Facebook post with your friends. Ask them to take action to protect Bears Ears National Monument too!

The formal public comment period to weigh in on Bears Ears National Monument is open until May 26, 2017.  The formal public comment period to weigh in on the remaining 26 National Monuments included in the review process closes July 10, 2017. We will be circulating another action alert for these monuments after May 26.

Background

The Conservation Alliance was deeply involved in securing designation for Bears Ears National Monument. Through our funding program, we supported the grassroots organizations that led the effort to protect this special landscape. And through our advocacy efforts, we helped bring the outdoor industry’s own voice to bear on the effort. Last December we all celebrated a monumental victory when President Obama declared this landscape a National Monument, protecting 1.35 million acres of rich archeological history and world-class outdoor recreation. The designation preserved 100,000 archaeological sites, and some of our favorite places to play in Utah, including Cedar Mesa, Grand Gulch, and Indian Creek.

 

 

 

Meet Kirsten Blackburn, The Conservation Alliance Advocacy Program Manager

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The Conservation Alliance is excited to welcome Kirsten Blackburn as our new Advocacy Program Manager. Kirsten began her relationship with The Conservator Alliance as an Ambassador in 2012 where she inspired her colleagues at KEEN to participate in Conservation Alliance programs.  While at KEEN, she worked to create a movement of people dedicated to preserving our country’s incredible outdoor landscapes through a campaign called “Live Monumental”. She also managed corporate philanthropy and activism, including strategic non-profit partnerships and a grant program called the KEEN Effect. She was elected to The Conservation Alliance Board of Directors in 2016 and will undoubtedly hit the ground running as she transitions to her new role at The Conservation Alliance.

As the Advocacy Program Manager, Kirsten will develop and implement a plan to: engage Conservation Alliance member companies and their employees to participate in advocacy efforts in support of the projects we fund, and in defense of our public lands system; and to engage state and national decision makers on behalf of those member companies.  Kirsten will also manage The Conservation Alliance Ambassador Program.

Kirsten moved to Bend, OR to join the staff at The Conservation Alliance HQ.  “It’s a dream to join The Conservation Alliance team! John, Josie, and Serena are incredible and steadfastly dedicated to our mission, and the Board is made up of top notch friends, and industry leaders whose values lead first. I very much look forward to working collaboratively to take The Conservation Alliance’s advocacy efforts to the next level, and to build on the amazing 28-year history the collective team has created.

I am fueled by the authentic passion of grassroots nonprofits, constantly inspired by the power and people of the outdoor industry, and incredibly excited to work with our members to harness our collective power and engage in ways that will secure our wild places remain the way they are today, forever.

I will be forever grateful for a monumental six years at KEEN and for the friendships and experiences gleaned. The next chapter is an exciting one!”

Kirsten grew up in Whitefish, Montana with Glacier National Park as a backyard. Growing up amongst the beauty of Western Montana fostered a love for the outdoors and a burning desire to preserve them. She spends her time climbing, trail running, and getting lost in Oregon’s high desert where she serves as a board member for Oregon Natural Desert Association.

You can reach Kirsten at: kirsten at conservationalliance dot com.

 

The Conservation Alliance Makes Grants to Defend National Monuments and Elliot State Forest

Photo:  Friends of Cedar Mesa

The Conservation Alliance made two emergency grants to support organizations working to defend public lands. The grants, totaling $35,000, come from our new Public Lands Defense Fund, created to preserve and defend the integrity of our public lands system. We plan to disburse at least $185,000 in defense grants in 2017.

The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) received a $20,000 grant to support its National Monuments Defense Campaign. This effort comes in response to President Trump’s recent executive order calling for a review of National Monument designations made over the past 21 years. This is an unprecedented move that has the potential to reduce in size some of the most spectacular landscapes managed by the federal government. The order specifically targets the Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah, which President Obama designated in December.

President Trump’s executive order is a direct assault on our National Monuments, many of which we helped to protect. We are proud to answer this threat with funding for a group that has deep experience with monuments.

The second grant went to Wild Salmon Center (WSC), based in Portland, Oregon. The $15,000 contribution supports WSC’s effort to halt the proposed sale of the Elliott State Forest. The 82,500-acre forest is managed by the State of Oregon, which is mandated to sell timber from the forest to help fund schools. Managing the forest now costs the state more than it brings in through timber, so the state has proposed selling the land to meet its revenue-generating mandate. WSC is leading the effort to convince Oregon Governor Kate Brown and the state legislature to find a solution that would keep the forest in public hands, and preserve it for recreation and conservation.

The Elliott State Forest situation demonstrates what can happen when cash-strapped states manage public lands.  We will work hard to keep the Elliott in public hands, and to oppose the transfer of federal lands to states.

The Conservation Alliance established the Public Lands Defense Fund in January, 2017 with contributions from Patagonia, The North Face, Arc’teryx, GU Energy Labs and Ibex Outdoor Clothing. Together, these four companies have committed $185,000 this year to support efforts to defend public lands. The Conservation Alliance welcomes additional contribution to grow this fund.

National Monuments Benefit the Outdoor Recreation Economy

Procession Panel, Bears Ears National Monument Photo: Marc Toso

 

President Trump today signed an executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review all national monument designations larger than 100,000 acres from the past 21 years to determine whether their boundaries are consistent with the intent of the Antiquities Act. The Conservation Alliance opposes any effort to change the boundaries of existing national monuments through executive action. National monuments designated since 1996 protect landscapes with important recreation, cultural, and habitat values.

“We worked closely with our member companies to demonstrate outdoor business support for protecting new national monuments during the Obama presidency,” said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance.  “These monuments preserve important recreation amenities that benefit all Americans, and this unprecedented move may threaten those amenities.”

An updated study by the Outdoor Industry Association shows that outdoor recreation generates $887 billion in consumer spending annually, and supports 7.6 million jobs in the US.

“Protected public lands, including national monuments, are important economic drivers, particularly in rural Western communities that attract new residents and visitors drawn to outdoor recreation opportunities,” said Sterling. “Outdoor recreation is a huge economic engine, and national monuments fuel that engine.”

The Antiquities Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, gives the president the authority to safeguard federal lands and cultural and historical sites for all Americans to enjoy.  President Trump’s action has the potential to undermine one of the nation’s most important conservation tools.

Presidents have designated 150 national monuments since 1906. Some of those monuments have since become National Parks, including Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Zion, and Glacier Bay. National monument designations made since 1996 include Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears in Utah, San Gabriel Mountains in California, and Gold Butte in Nevada. President Trump’s executive order does not immediately reduce or rescind any national monument, but does order a review of all monuments designated between January 1, 1996 and the end of 2016.”

“Any serious review of these monuments will conclude that these are special lands and waters, beloved by millions of Americans for their cultural, recreation, and habitat values,” said Sterling. “Because Obama’s monuments were informed by public meetings and robust stakeholder outreach, any review should similarly involve significant public input.”

In announcing the forthcoming review of national monuments, Secretary Zinke said that he will make a recommendation on the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument within 45 days. The outdoor industry came together in 2016 to advocate for the Bears Ears designation.

“The Bears Ears landscape is exactly the kind of place the Antiquities Act intended to protect. It is rich in cultural history, archaeological sites, and recreation opportunities,” said Sterling. “The boundaries closely mirror those proposed in Congressman Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative legislation. We’re confident that any credible review of the Bears Ears designation will confirm the boundaries are more than justified.”

The Conservation Alliance will work closely with our members and our partners in the outdoor industry to engage in this issue, and to demonstrate to political leaders the important role national monuments play in the outdoor recreation economy.

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