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Sunday's D3 Daily Action

Our national monuments and public lands tell a special story of who we are as Americans — a story that is under threat by President Trump. And there's no better day to celebrate our natural heritage than the Fourth of July — and no more important time to help save it.

Please take two minutes today to channel your patriotism into helping protect America's national monuments and public lands.

President Trump wants to strip away protections for some of America's most cherished national treasures, including the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante, also in Utah, and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts off the coast of Cape Cod.

This move will open them up to oil and gas drilling, uranium and coal mining, tar sands extraction and other industrial dangers. It's an unprecedented assault on our natural heritage and the Antiquities Act itself — and we can't allow it to happen.

The Interior Department is collecting public comments on this despicable proposal until July 10. So it's critical that they hear from you immediately.

Trump's executive order requires Secretary Zinke to review all monuments created since 1996 — a clear signal that the president's ultimate goal is to open them up to dirty, dangerous drilling and mining operations for profit.

In addition to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, other monuments at risk include Berryessa Snow Mountain, Carrizo Plain and Giant Sequoia in California; Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in New Mexico; Basin and Range in Nevada; Vermilion Cliffs and Grand Canyon-Parashant in Arizona, and many more.

Millions of people visit our beloved national monuments, bringing them joy, peace and adventure. But they also protect some of the Earth's most threatened wildlife, protect sources of drinking water for millions of Americans and preserve sacred tribal lands and cultural sites that are fundamental to indigenous communities who have lived here for thousands of years.


 

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Sunday's D3 Daily Action

Photo Credit -  The Hill

Photo Credit - The Hill

Submit a comment to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and President Trump to let them know that you oppose efforts to eliminate or shrink national monuments.  Comment period closes on July 10.

President Donald Trump has launched an unprecedented attack on America’s national parks, public lands, and oceans. The U.S. Department of the Interior, led by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, is considering eliminating or shrinking at least 27 national monuments established by presidents from both parties since 1996.

National monuments are sites owned by all Americans who honor our nation’s cultural, historical, and outdoor heritage. Places from the Grand Canyon to Bears Ears, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and Stonewall have all been protected as national monuments. These places help define who we are as a nation, and any attempt to revoke or change the fabric of national monuments must be stopped.

The Department of the Interior has opened a public comment period for members of the public to weigh in on the protected status of these monuments.  Please make your voice heard before the July 10 deadline.  The more personal your letter, the better.

According to Heather Swift, press secretary for the DOI, “Each comment counts equally.” So comments like “undo everything obama did !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” and “Please be strong and resist those liberals” will carry the same weight as the pleas for preservation and conservation.  Then, each comment will likely be tallied depending on whether it’s a vote for or against the review. “Many of the comments are general and say something along the lines of ‘I like monuments’ or ‘I don’t like monuments,’” Swift says. “Those will be counted, of course,” but the DOI will also note the comments that come in for each specific monument. - Outside Magazine

With thanks to Center for American Progress Action Fund for this D3 Daily Action.

More info:

4 things you need to know about Trump’s attack on National Parks and Monuments - Millions of acres could see protections removed – Think Progress

Interior Department Releases List of Monuments Under Review, Announces First-Ever Formal Public Comment Period for Antiquities Act Monuments – US Department of Interior

Comments About the National Monument Review Are Flooding In. What Now? - Outside Magazine

 

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action

 

Comment period deadline Friday!
Tell Sec. Zinke not to roll back protection of Bears Ears National Monument

Action: Submit a letter to Interior Secretary Zinke, or call him at 202-208-7351 (Office of the Secretary) or 202-208-6291 (Office of the Deputy Secretary). Tell him to keep protections for Bears Ears National Monument.

Your public lands need you. The Department of the Interior is “reviewing” previous national monument designations with an eye toward eliminating or shrinking up to 26 monuments and Bears Ears in Utah is first on the chopping block. The comment period for Bears Ears ends on Friday, May 26th and it's up to you to ensure that some of the most spectacular and sacred lands in the west retain the protections they deserve.

The goals of the Trump administration and its anti-public lands allies are clear: shrinking monument boundaries, reducing protection and chipping away at the great tradition of preserving shared lands for all Americans to enjoy. 

Bears Ears in particular, is an especially magical area; many tribes have millennia-old connections to the place. In addition to its deep cultural heritage, the area contains some of the most spectacular scenery in the American southwest. Bears Ears was protected under the Antiquities Act following a years-long public outreach process. Nullifying it sets a dangerous precedent that calls into question the sanctity of all federally protected public land. If we allow the current administration to eliminate or shrink national monuments, where will they set their sights next?

Please submit a comment today; the deadline for Bears Ears is Friday. You can sign a pre-written letter here. Or you can go here to submit a unique comment in your own words. A unique, individual comment carries the most weight – it's worth the extra time it takes. And if you really want to be a conservation hero, you can also leave a message for Interior Secretary Zinke, asking him to respect the tribes and protect Bears Ears. 202-208-7351 (Office of the Secretary) or 202-208-6291 (Office of the Deputy Secretary).

Thanks so much for all your help in this critical effort.

Thank you to Wilderness Workshop for this daily action.

 

 

 

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action

Bears Ears Buttes, Bears Ears National Monument - Courtesy of Earthjustice.org

Bears Ears Buttes, Bears Ears National Monument - Courtesy of Earthjustice.org

Oppose Using National Monuments for Resource Extraction and Mining!

Lend your help now to defend Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante and other National Monuments.

24 National Monuments at Risk NOW

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is preparing for a visit to Utah NEXT WEEK.  Please call him today:  202-208-7351

Script: Hi. I’m calling to oppose Trump’s executive order. Bear’s Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments are treasures. National monuments such as Canyon of the Ancients and Brown’s Canyon in my home state of Colorado (or see link above to find National Monuments at risk in your state) are protected, citizen-owned land, and I strongly oppose any efforts to extract resources from them.

Or tweet at Secretary Zinke; his handle is @secretaryzinke

Additionally, call Representative Scott Tipton, Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Cory Gardner and demand that they protect our monuments by standing up to the Trump Administration's policies regarding our public lands.

Trump Orders Review of National Monuments to Allow Development

Protect Native Lands and Public Health by Defending Bears Ears National Monument  

Yesterday, Zinke met with UT San Juan County Commission, but NOT with Tribal Leaders:  Bears Ears is Overkill, San Juan County Leaders Tell Zinke