My National Monuments Public Comment & How You Can Submit Your Own
What is the 1906 Antiquities Act?
Today is the anniversary of the 1906 Antiquities Act. On June 8th, 1906 this act was signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt. The act in simple form gave rights to the President of the United State to declare federal lands as national monuments. The designation was given to certain pieces of land in order to preserve natural, cultural and scientific land features.
Right now we are in the midst of a review period of all national monuments that have been declared since 1996. The most controversial of these is the recently designated Bears Ears whose open review period ended May 26, 2017. Bears Ears National Monument holds so much importance in my life that I wanted to share with you all my comment I left during the Bears Ears review process. Hopefully this inspires you all to write a comment of your own about any or all of the National Monuments currently under review.
My Public Comment
When I moved to Park City, Utah in November 2013 it took approximately six weeks for me to announce to my family that I was going to stay through the summer because why not stay a little longer in Utah, right? Fast forward through the winter season and my now boyfriend invited me on a week long camping trip.
How to Submit Your Own Public Comment
Feeling inspired? I urge you all to write a comment of your own to be submitted by going to regulations.gov and searching for “DOI-2017-0002” or by using this direct link. Please note that all comments and any personal information you provide could be made public at any time. Comments about Bears Ears have closed as of May 26th, 2017 but comments relating to all other National Monuments can be submitted up until July 10,2017!
What National Monuments are under Review?
The table below was taken from a Department of the Interior press release that can be found at https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-releases-list-monuments-under-review-announces-first-ever-formal
|Basin and Range||Nevada||2015||703,585|
|Berryessa Snow Mountain||California||2015||330,780|
|Canyons of the Ancients||Colorado||2000||175,160|
|Craters of the Moon||Idaho||1924/2000||737,525|
|Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks||New Mexico||2014||496,330|
|Rio Grande del Norte||New Mexico||2013||242,555|
|Sand to Snow||California||2016||154,000|
|San Gabriel Mountains||California||2014||346,177|
|Upper Missouri River Breaks||Montana||2001||377,346|
NATIONAL MONUMENTS BEING REVIEWED TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE DESIGNATION OR EXPANSION WAS MADE WITHOUT ADEQUATE PUBLIC OUTREACH AND COORDINATION WITH RELEVANT STAKEHOLDERS
|Katahdin Woods and Waters||Maine||2016||87,563|
MARINE NATIONAL MONUMENTS BEING REVIEWED PURSUANT TO EXECUTIVE ORDERS 13795 AND 13792
|Marianas Trench||CNMI/Pacific Ocean||2009||60,938,240|
|Northeast Canyons and Seamounts||Atlantic Ocean||2016||3,114,320|
|Pacific Remote Islands||Pacific Ocean||2009||55,608,320|
|Rose Atoll||American Samoa/Pacific Ocean||2009||8,609,045|
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