He is further recommending that Trump modify management plans to allow for logging in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, commercial fishing in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument, and commercial grazing in the Organ Mountains and Rio Grande Del Norte National Monuments. These protected lands and waters belong to all of us, and Earthjustice stands ready to defend our national monuments if Trump takes executive action against them. The area in question was the Grand Canyon, which overcame these objections to become a national monument, and later, a national park.
More than a century and 129 national monuments later, our public lands have paid dividends—for local economies and our national legacy—on the far-sighted decisions to protect them.
The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument area serves as a biological corridor for plants and animals to move between distinct eco-regions, providing a gateway for the Pacific fisher, mule deer, gray wolves and spotted owls, among other species, and also a designated winter range for black-tailed deer and Roosevelt elk.
More than 100,000 Native American archaeological and cultural sites, some dating to 12,000 B. Tribes continue to visit these lands to hold ceremonies and to connect with their ancestors.The law has also been used to protect cultural heritage sites—from Stonewall to Birmingham to Cesar Chavez’s family home—and tell the more complete story of our nation.Today, the White House has painted a bull’s eye on 27 national monuments.We are ready to defend the Antiquities Act itself and national monuments protected under the law.Six of the national monuments under review are the targets of politicians who are keen to hand them over to industry and so are particularly threatened: Bears Ears National Monument was designated in response to a concerted effort by the Hopi, Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and Zuni tribal governments to seek lasting protection for the unique historic and contemporary cultural values and sites in the Bears Ears region.