Don’t Let Trump Destroy Protections for National Monuments

Target: Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior

Goal: Don’t remove national monuments from the Antiquities Act and take away their protections.

Donald Trump ordered the Department of the Interior to review the national monuments placed on the Antiquities Act within the past 20 years. The purpose of this review is to remove some of them and save money by having fewer important areas to protect. The Antiquities Act was created by the 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, in order to designate landmarks for protection and preservation. The act was meant to help presidents quickly protect public lands of interest to the historical and scientific communities. We should not be cutting corners when it comes to our nation’s history.

Trump has had issues with the National Parks Service, after they shared photos of his inauguration and he released his plans to gut their budget by almost two billion dollars. He later tried to be supportive of them by donating a paycheck to the National Parks Service, but the amount he donated is less than 1 percent of the amount he wanted to cut from their budget. Clearly the man does not care about public lands, and that’s why he’s so ready to cut their funding. Sequoia National Forest, the Agate Fossil Beds and the Grand Canyon are just a few of the areas covered under the Antiquities Act, and they have been added recently enough to be on the chopping block. Sign this petition to keep national monuments protected under the Antiquities Act.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Zinke,

Donald Trump has tried to undermine America’s natural beauty at every turn. He’s cutting funding to the National Park Service and now wants to declassify national monuments. This is not okay. Every year five million people flock to the Grand Canyon to take in breathtaking views, yet it was only established in the year 2000, which means that is could be under Trumps chopping block. The public obviously enjoys the national monuments and would not support them being declassified.

Some sites contain historical artifacts, some were the sites where history-defining moments occurred, and some are just beautiful to look at. They all were deemed to have value by previous presidents, and we should not allow the current president to use his biases against the National Park Service to make decisions most citizens would disagree with. There are 129 national monuments that were created over the past 110 years. Please don’t allow protections for important historical landmarks to be eroded away.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Marc Averette

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2 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    protect the lands of this nation!

  2. KEEP ALL 27 NATIONAL MONUMENTS PROTECTED NOW.

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