Your future National Monuments: Help us protect more

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? The cultural treasures, of New Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument?  Or even the historic memories of the birthplace of George Washington?

These national monuments contain our nation’s natural and historic heritage as well as some of our most-beloved recreation areas — from favorite trails and favorite picnic spots. For many of us, they are the places that define summertime recreation.

Many precious and unprotected lands that are equally worthy of national monument status still haven’t been protected.  The treasures our public lands contain, whether they be natural or archeological, are threatened from every angle, whether by encroaching development, rampant ORV use, oil and gas development or climate change.

Our future national monuments will disappear if we don’t protect them soon, which is why we’re calling on President Obama to use his authority to do so.

Americans have so much to gain from protecting more deserving lands as National Monuments.

As economic constraints break into every part of our lives, we are watching our wallets ever more carefully — and we are seeking outdoor activities closer to home where travel and lodging doesn’t break our bank.

And while many of these areas are celebrated by the communities which they sustain, some of our most treasured, accessible places are nationally — and even internationally — renowned, such as the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Acadia National Park in Maine, both which were first protected as a national monuments before receiving Park status.

Many of these national monuments, were protected by past U.S. presidents with the enjoyment of future generations in mind. Without the delays often associated with Congressional politics, the President of the United States can protect a place like the Statue of Liberty and miles of pristine marine shoreline by using the Antiquities Act, a priceless tool that preserves cultural, historic and natural American treasures.

Wednesday June 8, 2011 marked the 105th anniversary of the Antiquities Act.  Signed into law in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the Antiquities Act has since been used by 15 presidents of both political parties who had the foresight to protect some of our nation’s most beloved places from Florida to Alaska.

President Obama has not yet utilized this important conservation tool during his tenure in office, and we feel there are too many precious and endangered American lands to wait. Please click here to help us tell President Obama that Americans would like to see him use the Antiquities Act to set aside deserving lands as national monuments.

Please show your support for historic, cultural and natural conservation efforts by urging the White House for its leadership in creating new national monuments.

Let them know that 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.