Monuments Under Review
Today I’m joining my fellow outdoor recreation and public lands bloggers to speak out in support of national monuments through the #MonumentsForAll movement. The movement is one of many in response to President Trump’s (it still hurts to type that) call for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review 27 National Monument designations. These unique lands and waters should be available for public enjoyment now and for future generations. “Sending a signal that protections for our shared history, culture, and natural treasures are temporary would set a terrible precedent. National monuments have been shown to be tremendous drivers of the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy and businesses rely on the permanency of these protections when making decisions about investing in these communities” (www.monumentsforall.com).
I have not been to any of the monuments that are under review. However, most can recognize the cultural and historical significance. I have, however, been to 11 National Monuments (listed below). I’ve included pictures from my travels in the gallery above.
- Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
- Devils Tower National Monument
- Effigy Mounds National Monument
- Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
- Fort Sumter National Monument
- Jewel Cave National Monument
- Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
- Montezuma Castle National Monument
- Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
- Pompeys Pillar National Monument
- World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Why June 8th?
The reason we are speaking out today because it is the anniversary of the 1906 Antiquities Act. The Antiquities Act gives Presidents the authority to designate national monuments. “Since President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law in 1906, 16 Presidents – 8 Republicans and 8 Democrats – have used the authority granted by the Act to safeguard public lands, oceans, and historic sites in order to share America’s story with future generations. These national monument designations are broadly supported from coast to coast and provide a myriad of benefits to local communities, including economic boosts from tourism, places to enjoy the outdoors, clean air and water, protection for ecologically sensitive areas, and windows into our country’s history” (www.monumentsforall.com).
What can you do to support #MonumentsForAll?
There are a few simple steps you can take to support #MonumentsForAll.
- You still have 2 days to respond to the call for public comment: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001. The window for comment closes on July 10th!
- You can raise awareness with your friends and family through social media.
- You should contact your Senators and Representatives.
- Just make sure your voice is heard!
Outdoor Bloggers react to #MonumentsForAll
In honor of the 111th Anniversary of the Antiquities Act outdoor recreation and national park bloggers are sharing their thoughts on the movement. Please take some time to read their personal stories about our National Monuments.
- Deeply Personal—Why I Care About National Monuments by Just Get Out More
- Rio Grande del Norte National Monument by Nature Tech Family
- Dear Mr President by The Zesty Traveler
- A Monumental Day of Blogging by Parks and Points
- Speak Out For Our National Monuments Under Review by Terra Galleria
- Dear Secretary Zinke by Wilderness Within Her
- A Monumental Day by West Coast Hiker Girl
- A Monumental Fight by AZ Day Hiker
- Hands Off Our National Monuments by Campfire Guy
- Celebrating National Monuments For All of Us by Val in Real Life
- Five Reasons to Love National Monuments by Nightborn Travel
- Pro Tips: Tommy Caldwell Talks Public Lands by Little Grunts
- In the Heart of the Creek by Mike Off the Map
- National Monuments: The Bears Ears Debate and How You Can Help by Sun Kissed Hiker
- What is a National Monument & Why Should You Care? by Bearfoot Theory
- National Monuments, Public Lands & Wilderness by Southwest Dude
- Public Comment on the National Monument Review by Modern Hiker
- Hikes Across America’s Monumental Day of Blogging by Hikes Across America
- New York National Monuments: What Are They? by Backcountry Petite
- Monuments For All—Help Save Our National Monuments by G Who Travels
- My National Monuments Public Comment & How You Can Submit Your Own by Explore With Heather
- Two Monumental Reasons To Fight: Grand-Staircase Escalante & Bears Ears by The Modern Outdoors
- A Monumental Day For Our Nation by A Gray(t) Adventure
- The Antiquities Act: A Monumental Success by Andy Zahn
- 4 Lesser Known National Monuments and Historic Sites of Arizona by Hiking the Trail
Don’t forget to leave a public comment!
You can do it -> https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001.