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 Devil’s Postpile National Monument, California

Bill seeks to
rescind President's
power to designate

Oppose H.R. 1459,
the 'No More National
Monuments' bill!

Congressional foes of wildland conservation and landmark preservation want to undermine a key law used by U.S. presidents since Teddy Roosevelt to protect some of America's most spectacular places.

U.S. Rep. Bob Bishop (R-UT) recently introduced H.R. 1459, the "No More National Monuments" bill. He did so in response to Pres. Barack Obama's use in March of the Antiquities Act of 1906 to elevate California's 1665-acre Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands area to its new federally protected status as part of the California Coastal National Monument. The new monument lies along the Mendocino County coast.

Obama signs into law the Point Arena - Stornetta monument addition

National monument status brings an area a high level of protection against development and extractive use, and is often a precursor to the area’s eventual designation as a national park. Death Valley in California is a monument-to-park example.

H.R. 1459 passed the House in March and is now before the U.S. Senate.

Presidents since 1906 have designated monuments to great acclaim, including Teddy Roosevelt (Muir Woods and the Grand Canyon), William Howard Taft (Devil's Postpile), Woodrow Wilson (Dinosaur), Warren Harding (Bryce Canyon), Calvin Coolidge (Glacier Bay), Herbert Hoover (Arches and Death Valley), Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Channel Islands and Joshua Tree), Jimmy Carter (Denali and Kenai Fjords), Bill Clinton (Pinnacles and Carizzo Plain), and George W. Bush (Papahanaumokuakea Hawaii Islands Marine National Monument).

Giant Sequoia National Monument, California

Please join Forests Forever, the California League of Conservation Voters and others in opposing H.R. 1459. Contact Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and urge them to kill the bill in the Senate. And add your name to the Credo Mobilize petition urging all Senators to reject H.R. 1459.



Forests Forever:
Their Ecology, Restoration, and Protection
John J. Berger

from Forests Forever Foundation
and the Center for American Places