Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado
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.
Scott Miller, Senior Regional Director
The Wilderness Society