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Congress: Protect Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument’s dramatic views of winding canyons, fields of wildflowers, and pristine rivers make it the perfect haven for wildlife—and a great place to enjoy whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and camping.

That’s why in 2016, with your help, The Trust for Public Land added 2,500 acres to the monument preventing potential reckless development, preserving the wide-open landscape and wildlife habitat, and significantly improving public access.

But Interior Secretary Zinke issued a report last September recommending that 10 National Monuments be modified or shrunk. Early this year, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument lost about half its land, and Bears Ears National Monument was reduced by an unprecedented 85%.

Now, the fate of Rio Grande del Norte and seven other National Monuments in Secretary Zinke’s report are still up in the air.

We do not know when President Trump will make a decision about Rio Grande del Norte. What we do know is that we cannot lose this scenic icon to reckless development.

Please urge your members of Congress to protect Rio Grande del Norte NM and the other seven National Monuments at risk of losing protections right now.

We have a long way to go in this fight, but your messages have been getting across to members of Congress. H.R. 4532, the bill that would codify President Trump’s decision to cut Bears Ears National Monument, is currently stalled in committee. While this is good news for public lands, we need you to help keep the pressure on.

Please make your voice heard and tell your members of Congress to stand up for the public lands we all hold dear.

With your help, we can safeguard our National Monuments and prevent these iconic lands from being lost.

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RE: Protect Rio Grande del Norte National Monument


I am deeply concerned by recent cuts to Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments, and the possible changes to Rio Grande del Norte and the other seven National Monuments Interior Secretary Zinke highlighted in his review.

Rio Grande del Norte is home to precious wildlife, recreation areas, and striking landscapes. Eliminating protections for any area of the monument would be a harmful decision, not only for the landscape, but for millions of Americans across the country who love and use our lands.

I am firmly opposed to any effort to diminish protections for Rio Grande del Norte, or any other national monuments under the original review. These unique places benefit all Americans, including future generations. I urge you - my elected representative - to support public lands and recommend the boundaries and protections remain as they are today.

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