National monuments include some of America's most interesting natural and historical sites. National monuments can either be established by Congress though legislation or by the president of the United States through the use of the Antiquities Act.
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?
Locking up the land. Endangering our economy. Limiting jobs. That is what a few squeaky wheels would like you to believe are the impacts to our communities from national monuments and added protections for America’s great open spaces.
The Presidential designation of Grand Staircase-Escalante as the nation’s second largest National Monument on September 18, 1996 not only preserved a spectacular 1.9 million-acre natural treasure for future generations to enjoy, but it also heralded a new era of federal landscape conservation.