Tell Congress: Stand up for monuments & parks! Protect the Antiquities Act!

Grand Canyon
Photo: Grand Canyon National Park, protected with the Antiquities Act.
Credit: Elizabeth Haslam, flickr.

Already in the current Congress, two dozen bills and amendments threaten to gut and effectively invalidate the Antiquities Act, which was first signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt to protect treasured American lands as national monuments.

Outrageously, these radical attacks on new parks and monuments are being pushed during the year of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. Instead of supporting our national parks, like the overwhelming majority of Americans, Congress is instead attempting to gut the law that has protected nearly half of them.

The Antiquities Act is a time-honored law that allows the president to protect public land. Presidents from both parties have used this law to protect some of America’s most treasured places, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty.

Undermining the Antiquities Act is completely out of step with Americans’ overwhelming support for this bedrock law.

If these bills or amendments pass, it will end a century-old tradition of protecting America’s wildest and most important places, and leave land protection solely in the hands of a dysfunctional Congress.

Urge your members of Congress to oppose these attacks on a conservation law that has helped protect America’s most special places! Help us defend the Antiquities Act!


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