D3 Daily Action ~ Oppose Using National Monuments for Resource Extraction and Mining!

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Bears Ears Buttes, Bears Ears National Monument – Courtesy of Earthjustice.org

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Oppose Using National Monuments for Resource Extraction and Mining!

Lend your help now to defend Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante and other National Monuments.

24 National Monuments at Risk NOW

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is preparing for a visit to Utah NEXT WEEK. Please call him today: 202-208-7351

Script: Hi. I’m calling to oppose Trump’s executive order. Bear’s Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments are treasures. National monuments such as Canyon of the Ancients and Brown’s Canyon in my home state of Colorado (or see link above to find National Monuments at risk in your state) are protected, citizen-owned land, and I strongly oppose any efforts to extract resources from them.

Or tweet at Secretary Zinke; his handle is @secretaryzinke

Additionally, call Representative Scott Tipton, Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Cory Gardner and demand that they protect our monuments by standing up to the Trump Administration’s policies regarding our public lands.

Trump Orders Review of National Monuments to Allow Development

Protect Native Lands and Public Health by Defending Bears Ears National Monument

Yesterday, Zinke met with UT San Juan County Commission, but NOT with Tribal Leaders: Bears Ears is Overkill, San Juan County Leaders Tell Zinke

One thought on “D3 Daily Action ~ Oppose Using National Monuments for Resource Extraction and Mining!

  1. We sent a letter to Zinke, email and snail mail. We also delivered letters to the offices of Gardener and Tipton. Tipton’s office exuded irritation even anger, so we will make sure to deliver more letters.

    To Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke:
    We urge you to support continued National Monument status for the 24 Monuments that President Trump’s Executive order puts at risk. Each of these National Monuments is a unique and special gem, and should continue to be protected under our National Park system. Each has superb natural beauty as well as environmental and cultural value.
    National Parks and Monuments offer a place where busy Americans can reconnect with nature. As the number of visits have grown, sometimes surpassing a Park or Monument’s capacity, our country could use more acres set aside for outdoor recreation and solitude, not less.
    Parks and Monuments are good for local economies. People from all across America and from abroad travel to our National Parks and Monuments. These visitors bring their vacation dollars to local businesses including hotels, restaurants, and retail stores. Also, Parks and Monuments are good for the Nation’s economy. These visitors help support the $800+ billion outdoor recreation industry and the thousands of jobs it creates.
    But these lands have inherent value even if no one visits them. The undisturbed landscape provides wildlife habitat, watersheds, and areas with little to no air or light pollution sources. They are also natural laboratories for scientific study and observation of climate, bio-diversity and ancient cultures.
    But that is not all. Many of these at risk National Monuments also protect important cultural artifacts. In the Desert Southwest, archeological sites are plentiful in these Monuments. These sites are sacred to Native Americans of that region. Bears Ears and Canyons of the Ancients National Monuments in the Four Corners Region are just two of these. The Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Ute Indian Tribe pushed for the creation of the Bears Ears National Monument to conserve their cultural landscape, and a Tribal Coalition will help manage the Monument with the U.S. Government. This opportunity for cooperation between these tribes and our government should not be relinquished.
    Therefore, Secretary Zinke, we urge you to add your voice to the widespread support for these 24 National Monuments put at risk by President Trump’s Executive Order. Please decline to review National Monument status for any of them.

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