Reaction to Interior Department recommendation on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument: Why was it under "review" in the first place?

Jul 21, 2017

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Mason Cummings, The Wilderness Society
Today, The Department of Interior recommended that Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado remain protected.

Statement on Interior Department recommendation on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, July 21, 2017

The following statement is from Scott Miller, Southwest Senior Regional Director for the Wilderness Society:

“It is not clear to us why an area with such obvious cultural, historic and biological treasures such as Canyons of the Ancients would have to be reviewed in the first place,” said Scott Miller, Southwest Senior Regional Director for The Wilderness Society. “What is even less clear is why other areas across the country just as deserving of protection are still being considered for unprotecting in this farcical process.

“While the world-class cultural resources in Canyons should without question remain protected, so should those in other areas across the southwest with similar attributes.  This cynical attempt to undermine our nation’s public lands should cease and desist.”

On April 26, President Trump signed an executive order that called into question the validity of America’s parks and national monuments. The order mandated that the Department of the Interior review monuments created by the Antiquities Act—by both Democratic and Republican presidents—since 1996.

Additional resources:

Map of national monuments at risk

Multi-media kit on national monuments

Contact:

Scott Miller, Senior Regional Director

The Wilderness Society

Scott_Miller@tws.org

Phone: 303-468-1961