Target: President Obama
Goal: Protect America’s wild landscape by creating national monuments
It is time to protect some of America’s most scenic places from future exploitation. It isn’t news to anyone that America is blessed with many beautiful landscapes. Nor is it news to say that America is full of entrepeneurs willing to make a buck in whatever way they can. So it is vitally important that we act now to protect such locations as the Organ Mountains of New Mexico, the Canyonlands of Utah, and the Grand Canyon Watershed of Arizona. It is within President Obama’s power, through the use of the Antiquities Act, to declare these special places national monuments, and we need your help to show him how important this is to the American people.
A number of iconic national monuments were created in a similar way by sitting presidents, such as the Grand Canyon in 1908 by Theodore Roosevelt, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in 1982 by Ronald Reagan, and Giant Sequoia National Monument by William Jefferson Clinton in 2000. Anyone who has visited these locations knows they are natural wonders that deserve the preservation guaranteed to them by the presidents who took action to protect them. President Obama has the power to add protection to several more fantastic natural sites.
Let’s take action to safeguard these wild sites for future generations. By securing the future of these locations, we can make strides to improve the environment and promote economic well-being. Tell President Obama that you want these sites to be national monuments that are protected for the future.
Dear President Obama,
The preservation of America’s public lands is crucially important to the environment and the American people. We want you to protect the natural beauty of our country for years to come. You have already created a handful of national monuments for which you deserve great recognition. Thank you. However, there are several more priceless locations that need your help: the Organ Mountains of New Mexico, the Canyonlands of Utah, and the Grand Canyon Watershed of Arizona. You have the power to make these great sites national monuments, and we are calling upon you to do so.
Your power under the Antiquities Act, created by Theodore Roosevelt, to protect ecological, cultural, archeological, and/or historically significant lands gives you great opportunity to secure an ecologically diverse future for America’s children. By creating national monuments, local economies grow, new jobs are created, and tourism increases. The locations we are asking you to protect support a host of wildlife including 27 species on the Utah Sensitive Species List and the endangered California Condor in the Grand Canyon Watershed area. These areas also have rich archaeological history such as the almost 5,000 sites and American Indian petroglyphs found in the Organ Mountains. We need to guarantee that these lands are protected for the future. Create these new monuments and save a piece of historic and wild America.
[Your Name Here]
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