Denver, CO – With the futures of national monuments across the West on the line, the League of Conservation Voters is investing $100,000 in a final push to urge Congressman Doug Lamborn and other members of Congress to stop attacking our public lands and to ensure Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the Trump administration hear the overwhelming outpouring of support for our national monuments ahead of the August 24th deadline for its unprecedented monument ‘review.’
A member of the anti-public lands Congressional Western Caucus, Lamborn supports far-reaching changes to the dozens of national monuments caught up in the Trump administration’s dangerous and unnecessary review, including completely eliminating Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.
“Coloradans cherish our public lands, but Congressman Lamborn and Secretary Zinke are pushing a dangerous agenda that threatens all of our parks and monuments protected under the Antiquities Act,” said Conservation Colorado Wilderness and Public Lands Advocate Scott Braden. “While the Trump administration’s mysterious review criteria spared Canyons of the Ancients, this unprecedented attack opens the door to drastic changes to public lands across the West.”
Starting today, LCV will run animated Facebook and Instagram ads urging Lamborn to stop attacking our public lands and monuments, and encouraging his constituents to take action by calling his office and expressing their opposition to the monument review. Lamborn is one of four members of the Congressional Western Caucus included in the ad campaign.
LCV is also running ads encouraging monument supporters to call Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and tell him to stop playing games with our public lands and end his dangerous review without recommending any changes to national monuments. Additionally, the campaign includes promoted videos amplifying support for threatened public lands and outlining the risks of the Trump administration turning over these special places to Big Polluters.
“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.