National Monuments

Protect Wild & Sacred Lands From Greedy Developers

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Your DGB for today is to read over our list of suggested ways to help protect our national monuments from Trump’s agenda and choose at least one.

 

On Monday, the same president who was so keen to protect *Confederate* monuments from harm signed an executive order that shrank Bears Ears National Monument by a stunning 85%, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by HALF. Trump claimed this was to restore grazing and hunting rights to the people of Utah. Fact check #1: national monument status on this land does not impinge on grazing or hunting; it does, however, protect the land from new drilling, mining, and fracking endeavors. Hm… Fact check #2: the people of Utah, especially the indigenous folk who consider these lands sacred, overwhelmingly do not want Trump’s “help” removing these protections.

It may seem like a done deal, but there are things we can do:

 

1) Donate to environmental groups that have already filed suit on behalf of Grand Staircase-Escalante, like the Sierra Club https://www.sierraclub.org/ , Natural Resources Defense Council https://www.nrdc.org/ , and the Wilderness Society http://wilderness.org/

 

2) Wear your support or buy it for friends. Surely someone on your Christmas list wears t-shirts and cares about environmental conservation and/or indigenous rights:  http://utahdinebikeyah.org/t-shirts/

 

3) Join the League of Conservation Voters https://www.lcv.org/. Fight greed and shortsightedness at the ballot box.

 

4) Support the five tribes - Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute Indian Tribe, Hopi and Zuni - who are suing the government to protect Bears Ears: http://bearsearscoalition.org/

 

Public Commentary Period on National Monument Review

Your DGB for today is to let the federal government know that we, the people, value the existence and protection of our national monuments.

In April, President Trump signed yet another executive order directing newly-minted Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to “review” national monuments designated since 1996. He claims the goal is to prevent or correct “abuses of power” and federal government overreach. Opponents suggest the real reason is that he has his eye on natural resources currently sitting under protected land, such as fossil fuels under Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

Now the Department of the Interior has opened up a public comments period and we are asking you to let them have it with both barrels about plundering our pristine wild places. Read this excellent piece on how to effectively craft your comments, and either comment online as we linked above, or mail it to them directly, preferably before May 26th.

 

Monument Review

MS-1530

U.S. Department of the Interior

1849 C Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20240

 

If you have any postcards left over from the last time you gave this administration a piece of your mind? Break ‘em out (or use ours) and tell the government to keep their grubby hands off America, the Beautiful.