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 WHAT THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON NATIONAL MONUMENTS MEANS FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION

The Trump Administration released an Executive Order that could potentially have a big impact on public lands. The administration is calling for a review of National Monuments designated over the last 21 years, partly in response to pressure from Utah legislators who were unhappy with the designation of Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which was designated in 1996 (hence the 21 year review).

So what does this executive order on National Monuments actually mean? We think it could mean a few things:

1. The administration may be considering some unprecedented (and potentially illegal) attempts to undo National Monuments, which are designated with broad local support and collaboration, or could be looking for cover for this decision.
2. The administration could be looking for ways to make adjustments to National Monument boundaries, which is almost never done, and could be a problem depending on what Monument they seek to revise and what areas they want to remove from protection.
3. We could also see this review as an attempt to placate opponents to National Monuments by making them feel heard, but the actual review process could delay any real action.

Adam Cramer, Executive Director of Outdoor Alliance, says that the administration should "Go ahead and take another look. These National Monument designations, especially recent ones, have been so thoroughly vetted by local communities and by all Americans that the administration can't come to any other reasonable conclusion than that they were rightly protected. For the recreation community, National Monuments have been a boon for embracing multiple values on public lands, including specifically protecting activities like climbing, mountain biking, and boating."

Article previously published by Tania- Lown Heck by Outdoor Alliance and can be found here


Want to take action?

Call your local senators and let them know you oppose this Executive Order, especially if you live in one of the affected areas; also wear your support for the parks by being an advocate for keeping our parklands in public lands. Check out our Defend our Parks t-shirt collection below to show your support for our public lands. 

 

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