The Monument Issue – An Overview

Members Call for Limitations on President’s Authority to Unilaterally Designate National Monuments

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 13, 2011) – Today, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a legislative hearing on six bills that would limit the President’s authority to use the Antiquities Act to unilaterally designate new National Monuments within certain states.
Last year, an internal document from the Interior Department revealed 14 areas of federal land that the Obama Administration has identified as worthy of National Monument designation under the Antiquities Act. The proposed designations would lock-up millions of acres of public lands in the West, without local input or Congressional authority, and could restrict access for energy production, recreation, and other job-creating economic activities. To prevent unilateral Administrative action, these bills would require either state approval or authorization by Congress prior to a National Monument designation.

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Obama national monument designations destroy communities, extinguish mining claims

(June 13, 2014) After years of heated local debate and despite polling that shows the people are not behind the president, on May 21, Obama declared the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region of New Mexico, nearly 500,000 acres, a national monument—his eleventh such designation “so far.” Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and Representative Ben Ray Lujan, (all D-NM) were present at the signing ceremony. The official Department of the Interior photo shows each of them with big smiles as they look on.

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Monumental Decision

Environmentalists and recreationists warn that unless Obama designates Greater Canyonlands National Monument, state control and its love of oil will destroy Southern Utah.

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation to protect a remote corner of Southeastern Utah. The wild and strangely beautiful landscape—the standing remnants of the erosional forces of the Green and Colorado rivers—is cut apart by deep canyons; faulted and warped by buried salt domes; and covered with rock spires, towers, buttes and mesas.

The quest for the area to receive national park designation was fiercely contested by Utah politicians, many rural residents and those who represented mining, grazing and oil & gas interests. And when, on Sept. 12, 1964, it was all said and done and the area was officially designated as Canyonlands National Park, the final boundaries represented but a fraction of what the park’s original visionary, Bates Wilson, had intended.

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Fazendeville, the town razed to make way for the Chalmette National Monument

(January 8, 2015) “There [were] no cavalry coming over the hill,” to help residents of the doomed town, says a local historian. “The people you thought were the cavalry are shooting at YOU.”

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Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and its Impact

Common Misunderstandings About the Monument Proposal
Monumental Control of Our Lands

When wilderness supporters raced to create the Organ Mountains -Desert Peaks National Monument proposal early last year, they pushed to get their new proposal on President Obama’s desk before the 2012 presidential election. Why would they do this? Time Was Their Enemy! They were concerned that the business community would realize the wool was being pulled over their eyes before it was passed.

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Coast Dairies National Monument?
– Not So Fast

National Monument Status for Coast Dairies Public Lands Could Be More Harmful Than Helpful

(September 2015) Rep. Anna Eshoo and Sen. Barbara Boxer (California) have introduced into Congress bills to designate as a National Monument the 5,800-acre Coast Dairies public lands in Santa Cruz County, California, which is owned by the federal Bureau of Land Management. National Monument status will not add any legal protections that do not already exist, and the resulting overuse could seriously harm the land’s unique and fragile eco-system, its resources, and public safety.

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In Letter to Obama, LePage objects to 2 national monument proposals

One would designate a maritime monument in the Gulf of Maine, and the other would create a national monument on land in the Millinocket area.

(August 31, 2015) Gov. Paul LePage (Maine) has written to President Obama and the state’s congressional delegation to oppose the idea of establishing two national monuments in Maine. LePage wrote to Obama Friday to express disapproval of a proposal to designate areas within the Gulf of Maine as a national maritime monument. Obama has the authority to establish national monuments under the Antiquities Act.

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WHY are we still talking about a national park or monument in the Millinocket region?

(September 8, 2015) Maine – After reading the report, I am even more set against the suggestion that Quimby usurp Congress by having the president declare it a national monument that could later be designated a national park. After reading the language behind the criteria for a national park and the language in the Antiquities Act, I can’t help but see such a strategy as a manipulation of the process.

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National Park Week: Will a New National Park Destroy a Local Way of Life?

(April 8, 2014) Maine

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Obama About To Destroy 1.7 Million Acres Of Northern Arizona

(May 30, 2015) – Barack Obama, like so many other flaming liberals know little about effective land and wildlife management. Their actions often lead to the destruction of forests and other habitats and the loss of wildlife. Having a degree in wildlife management, I’ve seen far too many cases of this happening to share here.

Now Obama is about to make another huge environmental mistake that could lead to the destruction of 1.7 million acres in northern Arizona. He about to make a unilateral presidential designation of a new 1.7 million acre National Monument in the Grand Canyon Watershed (Monument). While many of you would think that this sounds like a good plan to save and preserve the land, allow me to share with you the reasons why the Arizona Game and Fish Department are adamantly opposed to the idea. The information I’m sharing came from an email I received from a close friend and former Arizona Game and Fish Department employee that was sent out originally by M. David Allen, President and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

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Could This Happen Again? and in Sedona?

Arizona National Parks and Monuments Guide to Shutdown

Sedona AZ (October 3, 2013) – As of October 1, 2013, the federal government has shut down impacting the national parks and monuments. Visitors currently staying in accommodations in the parks, will have 48 hours to make alternative arrangements and depart the park. No new visitors will be allowed to enter and National Park Service facilities will be closed. The concessionaires will be allowed to keep the concessions open until the guests depart within 48 hours.

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