Bears Ears National Monument

Poster The 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah protects one of most significant cultural landscapes in the United States, with thousands of archaeological sites and important areas of spiritual significance. Abundant rock art, ancient cliff dwellings, ceremonial kivas, and countless other artifacts provide an extraordinary archaeological and cultural record, all surrounded by …

National Monument

Bingo: National Monument A national monument is a section of public land set aside for its natural, historical, or cultural value. National monuments range from structures to oceans to large tracts of land and in 2017, 25 national monuments are under review by the Trump Administration. Some History The Antiquities Act was established in 1906 by Theodore …

National Monuments Report Summary

Buzzwords: National Monument First look at the report summary sent by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to the president regarding the 27 national monuments larger than 100,000 acres established since the presidency of Bill Clinton. The entire report has not yet been made public. Downsizing the size of the monuments represents an unprecedented effort …

America’s Monuments: Worth the Fight

A new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council highlights the tremendous economic and environmental benefits of some two dozen American parklands and waters. “These breathtaking places belong to you and me,” said Rhea Suh, NRDC president. “Millions of Americans have urged the government to protect them. They are not mere pieces of real estate …

Gold Butte

Gold Butte National Monument is an area of about 300,000 acres of public lands located between the Overton Arm of Mesquite in southern Nevada near the Arizona border. Prior to its designation as a national monument, most of the area was designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern. An executive order issued by President Trump in April, directs Interior Secretary Zinke …

Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument

Photo: Justina Thorsen, Snow-covered Organ Mountains Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument (New Mexico) is home to diverse recreation opportunities including excellent hiking trails. Hikers can enjoy expansive mountain views, unique geologic features, rock art, seasonal springs, Chihuahuan desert flora and fauna, wildlife, historic sites and much more on the many miles of trail within …

Call for Public Comment on National Monuments

Washington, DC – The Interior Department has recently announced a public comment period for the review of President Trump’s executive order calling for the Interior Department to review a range of National Monuments created over the past 16 years through Presidential proclamations. The complete list is here. Written comments relating to the Bears Ears National Monument must be …

Papahānaumokuākea

Friday President Obama issued a proclamation expanding Papahānaumokuākea, now the largest protected area on Earth! How to pronounce Papahānaumokuākea? Have a listen: Papa-hanau-moku-akea. More online Papahanaumokuakea.gov, its Facebook page and Twitter @HawaiiReef. Here’s the media release from the US White House: The monument was originally created in 2006 by President George W. Bush and designated as a UNESCO World …