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Heather Leibowitz,
Environment New York

National Monuments At Risk

For Immediate Release

New York, NY - President Trump signed an executive order today directing the Department of Interior to review more than 20 national monuments, including Stonewall National Monument in New York, that have been created under the Antiquities Act since 1996.  A list of the monuments that may be reviewed is below.

In response, Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement:

“One of the things that makes our state and this nation so great is that we have gorgeous landscapes and we have had the foresight and political will to protect them for future generations.  Unfortunately, today’s executive order heads in the exact wrong direction. 

If President Trump succeeds in rolling back any of our national monuments, he will in essence be attacking all our public landscapes. This effort is unprecedented and likely unconstitutional. Despite presidents from both parties establishing more than 150 national monuments over that last 111 years under the authority of the Antiquities Act, never has a president revoked the status of a monument.

Protecting our public landscapes is good for our ecosystem; it creates unprecedented opportunity for recreation and tourism; and land conservation makes political sense.  Citizens across the country support presidential action to protect our lands, waters and wilderness.

I’m confident that New Yorkers will rally to keep all of our public lands in public hands. As we know from the Lorax: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

National Monument designations that may be up for Review

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

Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona, W. Clinton, 2000 (BLM)

California Coastal National Monument, California, W. Clinton, 2000 (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)

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon, W. Clinton, 2000 (BLM)

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

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

President Lincoln and Soldier’s Home National Monument, Washington, DC, W. Clinton, 2000 (NPS)

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

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

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico, W. Clinton, 2001 (BLM)

Minidoka National Historic Site, Idaho, W. Clinton, 2001 (NPS)

Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Montana, W. Clinton, 2001 (BLM)

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

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

Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, Virgin Islands, W. Clinton, 2001 (NPS)

Governors Island National Monument, New York, W. Clinton, 2001 (NPS)

African Burial Ground National Monument, New York, G. W. Bush, 2006 (NPS)

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

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Hawaii, G. W. Bush, 2008 (NPS, FWS)

Rose Atoll National Monument, American Samoa, G. W. Bush, 2009 (NOAA)

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

Mariana’s Trench National Monument, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, G. W. Bush, 2009 (NOAA)

Fort Monroe National Monument, Virginia, B. H. Obama, 2011 (NPS)

Fort Ord National Monument, California, B. H. Obama, 2012 (BLM)

Chimney Rock National Monument, Colorado, B. H. Obama, 2012 (USFS)

Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, California, B. H. Obama, 2012 (NPS)

San Juan Islands National Monument, Washington, B. H. Obama, 2013 (BLM)

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

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Maryland, B. H. Obama, 2013 (NPS, FWS)

First State National Historical Park, Delaware, B. H. Obama, 2013 (NPS)

Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers Monument, Ohio, B. H. Obama, 2013 (NPS)

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

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

Honouliuli National Monument, Hawaii, B. H. Obama, 2015 (NPS)

Pullman National Monument, Illinois, B. H. Obama, 2015 (NPS)

Browns Canyon National Monument, Colorado, B. H. Obama, 2015 (BLM, USFS)

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

Waco Mammoth National Monument, Texas, B. H. Obama, 2015 (NPS)

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)

Castle Mountains National Monument, California, B. H. Obama, 2016 (NPS)

Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, Washington, DC, B. H. Obama, 2016 (NPS)

Stonewall National Monument, New York, B. H. Obama, 2016 (NPS)

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Maine, B. H. Obama, 2016 (NPS)

Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, Massachusetts, B. H. Obama, 2016 (NOAA, FWS)

Bears Ears National Monument, Utah, B. H. Obama, 2016 (USFS, BLM)

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

Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, Alabama, B. H. Obama, 2017 (NPS)

Freedom Riders National Monument, Alabama, B. H. Obama, 2017 (NPS)

Reconstruction Era National Monument, South Carolina, B. H. Obama, 2017 (NPS)