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Congress: Stop the loss of our public lands

Between the attacks on our national monuments and Congress neglecting to renew America’s best conservation program—our public lands are being lost. But three bills have just been introduced in Congress that could help us fight back. Urge your members of Congress to support these public lands bills now.

Here’s what’s at stake:

  • Bears Ears Expansion and Respect for Sovereignty Act (H.R. 871) President Trump’s Presidential Proclamation took away protections for more than a million acres of Bears Ears National Monument, opening up the iconic landscape to reckless development and private profit. This important act proposes to make the entire monument accessible to the public again by expanding the monument to 1.9 million acres—restoring and adding to protections for over 100,000 archeological and cultural sites that are at risk.
  • Antiquities Act of 2019 (S. 367) We still don’t know what will happen to the eight national monuments slated for reductions or changes from former Interior Secretary Zinke’s review. This bill will not only protect national monuments designated or expanded since 1996, it would also state that presidents cannot revoke or cut-back our national monuments.
  • Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47) Since the Land and Water Conservation Fund was allowed to expire last September, the Fund is losing out on $2.5 million a day that could have been used to protect public lands. This public lands package would include permanent reauthorization for the program and allow revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling to flow into the Fund once more.
  • We do not have any time to waste. With everything happening in Washington D.C. currently, there’s no guarantee these bills will pass. We need to make sure everyone who cares about public lands takes action now to show support for these bills. Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the Bears Ears Expansion and Respect for Sovereignty Act, the Antiquities Act of 2019, and the Natural Resources Management Act today!

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RE: Support these public lands bills

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I am writing to express my strong support of the Bears Ears Expansion and Respect for Sovereignty Act (H.R. 871), the Antiquities Act of 2019 (S. 367), and the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47).

President Trump's Presidential Proclamation that reduced Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments by an unprecedented two million acres has put the local economy, wildlife, and historical and cultural artifacts in grave danger. The Antiquities Act of 2019 would not only protect all of our national monuments designated or expanded since 1996 - including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante - but would also ensure presidents cannot revoke or cut-back these special landscapes.

As one of our country's most iconic landscapes, Bears Ears National Monument needs to be protected in its entirety. The Bears Ears Expansion and Respect for Sovereignty Act would make the whole monument accessible to the public again, and restore and add protections for important archeological and cultural sites in the area. Both the Bears Ears Expansion and Respect for Sovereignty Act and the Antiquities Act of 2019 must be passed to minimize long-term consequences for these important places.

Every day since the Land and Water Conservation Fund was allowed to expire, the Fund has lost $2.5 million that could have been used to protect public lands across the nation. In its 53-year history, the LWCF has supported over 45,000 state and local park projects. Allowing it to expire is absolutely unacceptable. The Natural Resources Management Act must be passed so we can protect this critical resource.

Please put a stop to the attacks on our public lands by cosponsoring these three bills. If you have already cosponsored these bills, thank you very much for your hard work and dedication to our country's extraordinary landscapes.

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