The Antiquities Act: The President Protecting the Land

Imagine if, with the stroke of a pen, the President of the United States could protect a place like the Statue of Liberty or the Grand Canyon? Thanks to the Antiquities Act, s/he can!

The Antiquities Act is a priceless tool used by the President to grant National Monument status to our public lands, waters and cultural and historical treasures.  Signed into law in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the Antiquities Act has since been used by 15 presidents to protect some of our nation’s most beloved places from Florida to Alaska.

Unfortunately, not many people know about the Antiquities Act, and some who do attack it for the same reasons they attack other wildland protections.  However, the majority of Americans strongly support protecting our public lands and waters so that they can remain open for recreation and for the enjoyment of future generations.

So, we developed this brochure for you to use to educate your friends, families and communities about the Antiquities Act. We recently sent this to reporters and editors, Members of Congress and their staff and other conservation groups asking them to help us spread the word about this incredible and resilient law.

In the brochure, you will find:
• The history of the Antiquities Act
• Background on monuments and the public process
• Our nation’s newest National Monuments
• A list of Presidential and Congressional Monument designations (so you can find Monuments in your own state!)

You can download the brochure here:

Please tell us if you found this helpful and how you helped spread the word! 

photo: Grand Canyon. Photo credit: Ben Friedman.