Wednesday, April 26, 2017

National Monuments At Risk

Today at least two dozen national monuments are at risk of losing their federally protected status as a result of 45's executive order asking for an unprecedented review of their designations. Under the 1906 Antiquities Act, either Congress or the President can protect federal lands by designating them as a national monument. And while Congress has occasionally revoked that status for existing monuments, no president ever has. Trump's order opens the door to that possibility.

Last week I visited one of the threatened monuments Carrizo Plain near Santa Maria California to see this years wildflower superbloom. It did not disappoint.

With our sketches we have an opportunity to call attention to these outragous proposals and to document all the acts of resistance taking place throughout the country. – Cathy McAuliffe


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