Resist Trump's efforts to rollback California's monuments

By Newsroom America Feeds at 8 Jun 2017

Take Action with the Sierra Club These lands were protected thanks to the work of activists like you. Now we need to stand up for our public lands once again. Seven of California's National Monuments created under the Antiquities Act are threatened.

Secretary Zinke must hear from you before July 7.

Dear Robert,

This spring, many thousands of people visited the Carrizo Plain National Monument and other public lands throughout California to experience a magnificent "super bloom" of purple, yellow, orange and blue wildflowers.

Weeks later, Trump issued an executive order to review over 20 years of national monument designations created using the Antiquities Act1. In response, the Department of the Interior is holding a rushed public comment period on whether or not 27 of our national monuments should remain protected.

Tell Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to protect your national monuments.

In California, seven national monuments are threatened.

The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument provides over 70% of the open space in Los Angeles -- a place for folks in LA to hike and jump into waterfalls and for mountain lions to range. Carrizo Plain National Monument, "California's Serengeti" contains wildflowers and grasslands ecosystems gone from the rest of California, home to animals such as the San Joaquin kit fox, blunt-nosed leopard lizard, and pronghorn elk. People come to Mojave Trails National Monument for a reminder of what life was -- pure night skies, old Route 66, and ancient volcanoes. Giant Sequoia National Monument contains the densest population of giant sequoias in the Sierras, lush meadows, and rare animals such as the California spotted owl and California condor. The old growth forests of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in the West. Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument protects Native American cultural sites, streams and lakes for rafting and fishing, and wildlife corridors for black bear and tule elk. Sand to Snow National Monument contains a rich tapestry of desert, woodlands, alpine slopes and the chance to wade in the headwaters of California's longest river on hot summer days.

These lands were protected thanks to the work of activists like you. Now we need to stand up for our public lands once again. Tell Secretary Zinke that our public lands must be protected, not dismantled.

The Antiquities Act has been used over one hundred and fifty times by presidents on both sides of the aisle to protect amazing pieces of our natural, cultural and historic heritage.

An attack on our national monuments is an attack on the Native American tribes who cherish these lands, the humans and other animals who find refuge from climate change and an increasingly urbanized world, and communities near national monuments which have been revitalized by new jobs and businesses.2 This is also an attack on wildlife, who need you to speak up and defend their homes.

Take action today to make sure these natural wonders are protected for generations to come.

Make no mistake about it -- this comment period is just the first step in an attempt to dismantle America's national parks, public lands, and oceans. As we work together to resist the Trump administration's assault on our environment, we cannot allow this review to undermine our nation's long history of protecting the places that celebrate our historical, cultural, and natural heritage.

Thanks for all you do to protect our public lands,

Sarah Friedman
Senior Campaign Representative
Sierra Club

P.S. Please share this with your friends and family. Secretary Zinke must hear from as many people as possible before July 7.

1 "If you're thinking like Trump, these 10 parks and monuments might be totally overrated." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, n.d. Web. 08 June 2017.

2 "The Economic Importance of National Monuments to Communities." Headwaters Economics. N.p., 01 June 2017. Web. 08 June 2017.

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