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National Monuments in danger after Trump’s latest executive order

April 26, 2017 | Public lands / Wildlife / Take Action


Friends of Animals is disgusted and outraged about the news that millions of acres of our country’s wild lands and coastal waters may lose their protected status because President Trump has taken action to slash more federal rules that safeguard our environment and wildlife. 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced an executive order on Tuesday explaining that Trump asked him to review monuments created by Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama under the 1906 Antiquities Act, which gives presidents the power to limit use of public land for historic, cultural, scientific or other reasons.


Zinke, a Republican and former congressional member from Montana whose nomination to the Interior post was opposed by most major environmental groups, said the order requires him to issue recommendations to the president on whether to rescind, reduce or otherwise alter certain monuments. He could also recommend further review.

Zinke also  made clear that one region in particular will get special attention: the remote desert canyon lands of southeastern Utah, where Clinton created the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 1996 and Obama set aside the 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in the final days of last year.


This action by Trump is another example of how he is inviting more use of coal, weaker environmental rules and enforcement, and rejection of climate change in the face of overwhelming science.


We need you to take action today. Please call  1-202-601-3839 and tell Secretary Zinke that any attempts to remove or roll back our national monuments is an assault on our historical cultural, and natural heritage and creates dangerous situations for our country’s wildlife. 



National monuments designated between 1996 and 2017 over 100,000 acres in size:

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, W. Clinton, 1996 (BLM)

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Arizona, W. Clinton, 2000 (BLM)

Portion of Sequoia National Forest (originally Giant Sequoia), California, W. Clinton, 2000 (USFS)

Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado, W. Clinton, 2000 (BLM)

Hanford Reach National Monument, Washington, W. Clinton, 2000 (FWS)

Ironwood Forest National Monument, Arizona, W. Clinton, 2000 (BLM)

Santa Rosa-San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, California, Congress 2000 (BLM, USFS)

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, W. Clinton, 2000 (BLM)

Carrizo Plain National Monument, California, W. Clinton, 2001 (BLM)

Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, W. Clinton, 2001 (BLM)

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, Montana, W. Clinton, 2001 (BLM)

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (originally Northwestern Hawaiian Islands), Hawaii, G. W. Bush, 2006 (FWS, NOAA)

Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, Hawaii, G.W. Bush, 2009 (FWS)

Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, Hawaii, G.W. Bush, 2009 (FWS)

Pacific Remote Islands National Monument, Hawaii, G. W. Bush, 2009 (FWS, NOAA)

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico, B. H. Obama, 2013 (BLM)

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico, B.H. Obama, 2014 (BLM)

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, California, B. H. Obama, 2014 (USFS)

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, California, B. H. Obama, 2015 (USFS)

Basin and Range National Monument, Nevada, B. H. Obama, 2015 (BLM)

Mojave Trails National Monument, California, B. H. Obama, 2016 (BLM)

Sand to Snow National Monument, California, B. H. Obama, 2016 (USFS)

Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, Massachusetts, B. H. Obama, 2016 (NOAA, FWS) (resources available for media use)

Bears Ears National Monument, Utah, B. H. Obama, 2016 (USFS, BLM) (photos available for media use)

Gold Butte National Monument, Nevada, B. H. Obama, 2016 (BLM)



Cannot understand how they can destroy irreplaceable God-given beauty and kill animals. This is definitely that has to be put above party somehow reaching out to everybody; but, not sure best way to do so.

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