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Shrinking National Monuments: An Unprecedented Attack on Our Public Lands

On December 4, President Trump announced a drastic—and possibly illegal—attack on national monuments in southern Utah. The changes will eliminate 84% of Bears Ears National Monument and remove about half of Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument.

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Another No Good, Very Bad Public Lands Bill

The House Natural Resources Committee voted 23-17 yesterday to advance H.R. 3990, a bill deceptively named the “National Monument Creation and Protection Act.”


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August 24th National Monument Review Announcement

UPDATE, August 24: Today, Secretary Zinke said he would recommend shrinking “a handful” of National Monuments.

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Pedaling Through Time at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Imagine riding your bike back in time. In Canyons of the Ancients National Monument you practically can. The four corners region of the American southwest is truly a special place, home to native cultures dating back some 10,000 years. Canyons of The Ancients National Monument captures the essence of the area so well and in a little over 170,000 acres this hidden gem boasts the largest number of inventoried archaeological sites in the United States—over 6,000 sites ranging from ruins, pit-houses, pueblos, kivas and sacred sites.

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