For years, the Sonoran Desert National Monument has been at the center of a debate about recreational target shooting on public lands, which can damage archaeological sites, plants and the landscape itself (not to mention the threat posed to other park visitors).
The current Congress' first attack on the Antiquities Act came in the form of a House subcommittee hearing on the creation of marine monuments, where anti-public lands lawmakers argued to greatly curb presidents' ability to protect parks for future generations.
President Trump and Congress are working together to roll back environmental protections and dismantle smart energy policies that benefit all Americans so that oil, gas and coal executives can continue to profit.
Pushed by extremists in Congress, President Trump will likely consider revoking or diminishing Bears Ears' monument protection. This would leave thousands of sensitive archaeological and cultural sites at risk of vandalism and looting, and it would dash years of hard work by Native American tribes and others to protect this spectacular and sensitive landscape.
Some of the most important climate and energy achievements of the last eight years—including many that were Wilderness Society priorities—are on the chopping block with President Trump in the Oval Office. It will be more important than ever to stand up and let our lawmakers know what is important to us.
Just over a month into his presidency, President Trump is expected to roll back Obama-era reforms aimed at ending coal company sweetheart deals and decreasing pollution from dirty coal production associated with the federal coal program.