Take action: Urge your members of Congress to stand up for our national heritage!
The Grand Canyon. The Statue of Liberty. Acadia. Denali. Without a little-known law called the Antiquities Act, some of America’s most cherished treasures may not be safeguarded today. But even though our national monuments enjoy broad support nationwide, some members of Congress are attempting to eliminate them and change the law to make it more difficult to protect them.
Act now to defend our national monuments and public lands!
The Antiquities Act of 1906, signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, gives presidents the authority to protect places of scientific, historic, and cultural value as national monuments. Sixteen presidents—eight Republicans and eight Democrats—have used the law to safeguard public lands, oceans, and historic sites in order to share America’s story with future generations. National monuments, many of which later became national parks, provide myriad benefits to local communities, including economic boosts from tourism, places to enjoy the outdoors, clean air and water, protection for ecologically sensitive areas, and windows onto our country’s history.
Today, a number of bills have been introduced in Congress to make it almost impossible for a president to safeguard other deserving public lands using the Antiquities Act. Additionally, some members of Congress are actively working to eliminate or roll back national monument protections that are already in place, such as for the culturally important Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.
It is imperative that we speak up when our public lands and the bedrock laws used to protect them are under threat. Please send a message to your members of Congress today!