The monument fell under review by the Department of the Interior, following President Trump’s April 26th executive order. Designated by President Barack Obama in 2016, following years of public input and advocacy across the political spectrum, Sand to Snow covers 154,000 acres of spectacular terrain, rising from just over 1000 feet above sea level to 11,503 feet atop San Gorgonio Mountain.
Secretary Zinke pointed out that “The land of Sand to Snow National Monument is some of the most diverse terrain in the West, and the monument is home to incredible geographic, biologic, and archaeological history of our nation.”
“That describes all of the other national monuments still threatened by this baseless and wasteful review process,” said Acting California Director for The Wilderness Society, Daniel Rossman. “Here in California, we have Mojave Trails, San Gabriel Mountains, Giant Sequoia, Carrizo Plain, Berryessa Snow Mountain, and a slice of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monuments all still at risk. The time has come for Secretary Zinke to call off this attack on many of our most valuable national treasures and listen to the American people. More than 2.7 million comments supporting the permanent protection of national monuments streamed into the Department of the Interior website during their review comment period. We cannot afford to play games with these public lands which help support local economies with the tourism and recreation dollars they generate.”