Conservation Lands Foundation’s Statement on So-Called Review of National Monuments
Durango, Colo. (April 26, 2017) – In response to President Trump’s Executive Order on the review of national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act, the Conservation Lands Foundation issued the following statement from John Wallin, Acting Executive Director:
“This “review” of national monuments is a waste of time and money. The public review happened over many years already, and that’s why we have popular monuments and why the Antiquities Act is America’s most important conservation law.
This Executive Order is a distraction designed to undermine the efforts of local communities who worked hand in hand with businesses, Tribes, sportsmen, and recreationists to protect the best of America’s outdoor heritage. It is an attack on America’s national parks, our national conservation lands and other protected lands and waters. But it also has the cynical, sinister intent of stealing from Tribes and communities of color their opportunities to tell their stories through the Antiquities Act.
Secretary Zinke will have an opportunity to live up to his hero Teddy Roosevelt’s legacy. His first order of business will be to stand up to a President who demonstrates contempt for the Tribal sovereignty and communities of color that the Secretary says he values and respects. Secretary Zinke has said what kind of leader he wants to be; his actions will show what kind of leader he really is.”
The non-profit Conservation Lands Foundation is the only organization in the country dedicated solely to protecting, restoring and expanding the National Conservation Lands so they will endure from generation to generation. The National Conservation Lands are 36 million acres of protected public lands and waterways, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, that have joined the ranks of our national parks and wildlife refuges as guardians of our nation’s heritage and drivers of the country’s $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. www.ConservationLands.org