Washington, D.C. – As Secretary Zinke’s August 24th deadline for the Trump administration’s unprecedented national monument ‘review’ nears, the League of Conservation Voters is investing $100,000 in a final push to ensure the administration hears the overwhelming outpouring of support for our public lands and monuments.
LCV’s final campaign consists of three parts:
“It’s time for Secretary Zinke to stop playing games with our public lands, our waters and our national monuments,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “People across the country have spoken out and shared their stories of the value these special places bring their communities, from boosting local economies to preserving our cultural heritage for the next generation. But Zinke is treating our national monuments like contestants on a reality TV show, and his anti-public lands allies in Congress are enabling this dangerous agenda. Let’s be clear: if the Trump administration attempts to revoke protections for our national monuments, the millions of families who hike, fish, and enjoy our parks and public lands won’t sit on the sidelines while they sell out these special places to polluters.”
An unprecedented 2.7 million public comments were submitted in support of protecting national monuments, including more than 350,000 from LCV members. LCV’s “Our Lands, Our Vote” campaign has been engaging people across the country to stand up for our public lands and waters throughout the summer, with recent events at the Birmingham Civil Rights Monument and around Zinke’s scheduled visit to Nevada.
National monuments like Bears Ears in Utah and Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine are vital components of our system of public lands, which are the backbone of our nation’s $887 billion outdoor recreation economy.