Western Democratic Senators Tell President Trump: Donít Reverse National Monument Designations Senators urge President to uphold protections for Bears Ears National Monument, all 157 national monuments
PoliticalNews.me - Apr 18,2017 - Western Democratic Senators Tell President Trump: Donít Reverse National Monument Designations
Senators urge President to uphold protections for Bears Ears National Monument, all 157 national monuments
WASHINGTON ó U.S. Senator Tom Udall led a group of Western Democratic senators in calling on President Donald Trump to live up to his repeated promises on the campaign trail to protect public lands for all Americans and uphold the existing protections for the 157 national monuments, which have been designated throughout the decades by nearly every U.S. president of the last century.
In particular, the senators warned President Trump against reversing the recent designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in Southern Utah, an unprecedented step that some congressional Republicans have urged the president to take. In their letter, the senators noted that Bears Ears enjoys strong support from the $646 billion outdoor recreation industry, as well as from Tribes, archaeologists, and local conservation organizations. The senators wrote that Tribes with ancestral ties to the Bears Ears region joined forces to protect sacred areas, and that is part of the reason that Bears Ears was designated as the first-ever national monument to be co-managed by Tribes. Rescinding protections for Bears Ears would betray the core commitments that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has made to Tribes and that President Trump made to voters, the senators added.
"Weakening the protections for this deserving landscape [Bears Ears National Monument], or any of the 157 Monuments previously protected, would be a direct affront to the local communities and stakeholders who worked collaboratively to identify and advocated to protect these areas for future generations. This is especially true, in the case of Bears Ears National Monument, for the Native American tribes who call this living cultural landscape their ancestral home. It also would cut against your commitment to be a good steward of our nationís public lands," the senators wrote. "We urge you to maintain the current protections so that our children and grandchildren can experience them with the same wonder we do today.Ē
They continued, "We urge you to honor your promise to be a great steward of our public lands by upholding the existing protections for the 157 National Monuments that have been designated through the years by nearly every President since the Antiquities Act was enacted into law in 1906. They have protected iconic landscapes across the United States, such as the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, and Olympic National Park in Washington, as well as cultural icons, including the Statue of Liberty and the Belmont-Paul Womenís Equality Monument. Removing protections for any of these areas would threaten the cultural, historical and biological wealth of our country.Ē
In addition to Udall, the letter was signed by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.).
The full text of the letter can be found below and here.
Dear Mr. President,