In the State of the Union address, President Obama announced that he would “protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.” And for that, we thank him.
It’s been nearly five years since Congress acted to protect America’s wild lands, and we’ve waited long enough.
Using a law called the Antiquities Act, first created under Theodore Roosevelt, presidents can designate areas as National Monuments. It’s been used by presidents of both parties to protect American icons like Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty.
Areas like New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and the Stornetta Public Lands along California’s rocky coast have strong, diverse local support for permanent protection as National Monuments. But with Congress stonewalling even bipartisan conservation bills, we need strong presidential leadership more than ever.
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