Santa’s Makin’ a List, He’s Checkin’ it Twice…And He’s Asking for a San Juan Islands National Monument
This year the residents of northwest Washington aren’t taking any chances. When it comes to efforts to see permanent protection for the San Juan Islands become a reality, they’re checking off all the boxes on who to ask. They’ve gained the support of Washington’s Congressional delegation, which has responded by introducing legislation that would create the San Juan Islands National Conservation Area. They’ve asked President Obama to exercise his authority under the Antiquities Act and declare the area a national monument. And now, as 2012 draws to a close, they’re pulling out the big guns…they’ve asked Santa Claus.
Unfortunately, there are some wishes that even Santa can’t fulfill, and granting permanent protection to our public lands when he isn’t even an American citizen is one of them – it says so in the Constitution, I believe.
Asha Lela of Islanders for the San Juan Islands National Conservation Area explains:
“We wrote to Santa asking his help in protecting these lands in perpetuity as a national monument,” said group leader Asha Lela of Islanders for the San Juan Islands National Conservation Area. Elected officials, hundreds of businesses, and thousands of individuals have asked the President to proclaim the BLM lands in the islands as the San Juan Islands National Monument.
Santa took time out of his busy schedule to reply to the group’s note:
“My elves aren’t equipped to handle national monuments. President Obama is the person for this. I sent him a note. Here’s a copy. Good luck!”
We’ll keep you posted if the President elects to respond publicly to Santa’s letter.
In the meantime, updates on the campaign for the San Juan Islands National Monument can be found at www.sanjuanislandsnca.org.