The Antiquities Act: Protecting America's Natural & Cultural Treasures

Monday, March 14, 2011

There are some places in the U.S. that are so iconic they define our culture and history.  Such places -- like Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty -- are here today thanks to the Antiquities Act, a tool used by the President to grant National Monument status to our public, federal lands, waters and cultural and historical treasures.

Established in 1906, the Antiquities Act has been used by 15 presidents -- from Theodore Roosevelt to George W. Bush -- to protect some of our nation’s most beloved natural, cultural and historical places from Florida to Alaska. This bipartisan tool is critical for the preservation of our public lands for future generations.

The Wilderness Society has created a background brochure of the Antiquities Act that includes: the history of the Act; Monuments and the public process; our nation’s newest National Monuments; and a list of Presidential and Congressional Monument designations.