Tele-press conference: Western voices join millions in condemning Trump administration review of national monuments

Aug 11, 2017

Bears Ears National Monument, Utah

Mason Cummings, The Wilderness Society
Aug. 16, 1 pm ET Tele-press Conference with NM Attorney General, stakeholders from California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico comment on the upcoming Department of Interior report on protected public land under review mandated by Trump administration.


More than 2.7 million people have submitted comments in support of America’s national monuments, including local residents whose way of life and livelihood depend on these protected public lands. Following an Executive Order from President Trump, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is required to deliver a final report by August 24 detailing the future of more than two dozen national monuments, from Maine to California.

WHO:   Hear from a California Assemblymember who led the charge on passing a bi-partisan joint resolution in support of protecting national monuments, New Mexico’s Attorney General, a Utah business owner, a New Mexico hunter and taxidermist, a Nevada artist and Las Vegas Paiute Tribe member, a Utah military veteran and Navajo leader, and an Arizona conservationist about the personal and local impacts that would be felt if Trump takes action to undo or undermine protections for national monuments. A public lands legal expert will be available to take questions.

Hector H. Balderas, New Mexico Attorney General – A native New Mexican, Attorney General Balderas is a strong advocate of Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monuments. He has contacted Sec. Zinke about the legal aspects of the monument and to underscore the overwhelming support for the two national monuments, and their cultural, recreational and economic benefits to NM.

Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, California Assemblymember (D-Winter) – This year, Assemblywoman Aguilar-Curry, whose district includes the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, led the charge in the California State Legislature to successfully pass a bi-partisan resolution in favor of protecting it and the six other monuments under review in California —Giant Sequoia, Carrizo Plain, Cascade Siskiyou, San Gabriel Mountains, Mojave Trails, and Sand to Snow.

Fawn Douglas, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe - A former tribal councilwoman and native artist, Douglas has traveled to DC numerous times to lobby for the initial protections for Gold Butte National Monument (NV), a land sacred to local tribes.

Joe Sheehey, Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society and bighorn sheep hunter, Tucson, AZ - Due to national monument status and Sheehey’s efforts, the Bighorn Sheep population is flourishing enough for hunting, and transplanting once-threatened sheep to other parts of their historic range.

Blake Spaulding, co-owner of Hell’s Backbone Grill at Boulder Mountain Lodge, Boulder, UT - Neighboring Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is vital to the local economy and her thriving restaurant business. Without it, her 50-employee business might not survive.

Fernando Clemente, wildlife biologist, local taxidermist, and avid sportsman, Las Cruces, NM - As President of the Board of the Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Clemente advocates for the vital role large connected lands play in protecting habitat for wildlife. He recently met with Secretary Zinke in Las Cruces.  **NOTE: Clemente is available for Spanish-language interviews.

Davis Filfred, Navajo Nation Council Delegate, Aneth, UT – A staunch supporter of Bears Ears National Monument, Filfred is a U.S. Marine Corp veteran who served in the Persian Gulf War, and a former Navajo Tribal Police officer.

WHERE:  800-351-4872 Password: review

WHEN:  Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 1 pm ET/11 am MT/10 am PT

Additional Resources

Media Toolkit featuring photos, video, background information and additional voices.

Dispatches from Monumental America: A Listening Tour.


Michael Reinemer,, (202) 429-3949

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