While public attention has been intently focused on the economy and concerns about the federal deficit, members of the House Natural Resources Committee have quietly initiated a sneak attack on America's wild places -- our parks, refuges, forests, historical monuments, and wildlife habitats.
Anti-wilderness lawmakers in Washington, DC have their sights set again on our natural heritage – this time on eradicating the president’s ability to protect extraordinary American lands through national monument status.
Fort Monroe in Virginia could be one of the next additions to our National Monument system. Whether it receives that honor still rests in the hands of President Obama--and those willing to stand up and urge protections.
Can you imagine if some of our greatest national monuments had never been created? What would have become of the giant trees in California’s Giant Sequoia National Monument? The vistas and valleys of Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly?