UNILATERAL NATIONAL MONUMENT DESIGNATIONS CAN THREATED COLORADOJul 17, 2014
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Here is yet another threat!
COHVCO wants to share this alert from ARRA with its members to give you an opportunity to have a voice in this important matter. Remember - The world is run by those who show up - Please show up!
Join Representatives Tipton and Gardner in Their Efforts to Fight Massive, Unilateral National Monument Designations in Colorado
On July 9th Colorado Representatives Scott Tipton (R-3) and Cory Gardner (R-4) wrote Interior Secretary Sally Jewellto express concerns "...regarding President Obama's use of the Antiquities Act to unilaterally designate massive blocks of land across the West as National Monuments." Read the entire letter here.
Send an email to Secretary Jewell opposing any unilateral decision to move forward with massive, inappropriate National Monument designations in Colorado and join Representatives Tipton and Gardner in urging the Administration to meaningfully consider the input of ALL local stakeholders in land use decisions.
It is imperative that the President and Secretary Jewell hear from you as all sorts of multiple uses including motorized recreation will likely be shut out of National Monument areas.
As it stands, the Antiquities Act of 1906 grants the President the authority to designate “…historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States to be national monuments.”The Antiquities Act also holds that national monuments should be “…confined to the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected…,” yet Presidents of both parties have, in our view, inappropriately designated enormous swaths of public lands as National Monuments.One particularly egregious example was the designation of nearly 2 million acres of public land as the Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument in Utah.
Too often when widespread local and Congressional support to designate public lands as Wilderness cannot be established, Wilderness proponents turn to a strategy of calling for the President to achieve similar goals by administratively designating the area as a National Monument. It is no secret that those most affected by land use decisions are those who live, recreate and make their livelihoods on or near the public lands in question.
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