D-Day update on our National Monuments – Thurs 8/24

Greetings Public Lands Activists:
 We are starting to get  more details as we talk with the Secretary of the Interior’s office regarding the national monuments Interior Secretary Zinke has recommended be reduced in size to the President today.
As we knew all along the main targets of the national monument review ordered by the President was Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument both in Utah. And that was proven true today. When the President acts those two NM’s will shrink dramatically.
 But there is more, many national monument protection rules and regulations will be changed or done away with altogether. Many NM’s will see what the Secretary calls “more appropriate multiple uses”.
The 2018 federal budget will also be used to impact many national monuments and other national public lands in a negative way.
It appears that the Administration will dribble out over a period of time exactly what other NM’s will have boundaries reduced, this hoping to avoid massive public outcry (we will make sure that no matter when, there WILL BE massive public outcry).
In fact lets start that massive public outcry right now and let the President know that we are watching and we do NOT want any boundary reductions, protection rules or regulations eliminated. You can contact the President:
Twitter: @POTUS
Whitehouse comment form:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
This battle for our treasured and beautiful national monuments is far from over.
I will provide more updates as we get more information from Dept of the Interior staff.
for America’s national monuments,
Jim Hines,
Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Team Leader
Sierra Club California/Nevada Wildlife Team

Call your legislators too!

Because legislators started this whole mess…

“Rep. Trent Franks, Rep. Andy Biggs and Rep. Paul Gosar, all Republicans, were among 14 members of Congress who signed onto a letter sent June 30 to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.
…The letter asked Zinke to consider a “total rescission” of the Grand Canyon-Parashant, Ironwood Forest, Sonoran Desert and Vermilion Cliffs national monuments.
The letter charged that although the Antiquities Act had “good intentions,” it became a “tyrannical tool that presidents have manipulated to exercise unfettered land grabs to the detriment of state and local interests.” (azcentral)

Here are the now 17 congresspeople who signed off on this national nightmare…

Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ)
Andy Biggs (R-AZ)
Steve Pearce  (R-NM)
Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Doug Lamborn (R-AZ)
Walter Jones (N-NC)
Blake Farenthold (R-TX)
Tom McClintock (R-CA)
Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-Samoa)
Paul Cook (R-CA)
Daniel Webster (R-FL)
Mark E. Amodei (R-NV)
Jody Hice (R-GA)
Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)
Brian Babin (R-TX)
Randy Weber (R-TX)
See anybody you know?
We at Indivisible Ventura think our legislators should know what we think about these destructive actions taken at the behest of their fellow congresspeople.
So call them! (3 calls total)

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Not your people?http://www.phoneyourrep.com

Readings: Updated 8/24

Previous Blog Posts with update letters from Jim Hines, Sierra Club
Update on our National Monuments from Sierra Club’s Jim Hines – 8/22
This Week in Resistance – “Playing Chicken with Kim” Edition
This Week in Resistance – “Welcome to your Heritage. Bring a Mask”
Updates from Jim Hines, Sierra Club (National Monuments and Wolves)
On Aug. 24th, Trump will be eliminating various national monuments
Original letter to Zinke from the Western Caucus (house.gov)
Other Readings. 

Interior secretary recommends Trump alter at least three national monuments, including Bears Ears (wapo)
US interior chief says he won’t eliminate most protected lands (sacbee)
The Monuments Trump Doesn’t Support (slate)
Trump’s Day of doom for national monuments approaches (guardian)

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