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Twenty-seven of our national monuments are under attack. 

Over 20 years of national monument designations are now under review by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. On August 24th, Zinke will make a “recommendation” to Trump on which national monuments to shrink or rescind.

These imperiled monuments -- spanning from Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to California’s Giant Sequoia National Monument to Hawaii's Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument -- celebrate our natural and cultural history. With each designation, the public has already shown widespread support for the protecting our forests, deserts, canyons, and underwater wonderlands. We cannot allow any efforts to rollback protections for our public lands and waters.

Tell Interior Secretary Zinke our national monuments must remain protected for generations to come. 
 

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Protect our public lands
I am shocked and disappointed that you are moving forward with a review of 27 of our national monuments. These magnificent lands and waters celebrate our mountains, deserts, forests, canyons, and oceans. These places are living museums that tell the stories of cultures dating back millennia as well as the stories of people today. Any effort to alter or eliminate our natural and cultural history is reprehensible. There is no need to review what people across the country already know first-hand -- that national monuments provide tangible health, natural, and economic benefits. Protected outdoor spaces drive the outdoor recreation economy, which supports 7.6 million jobs and generates $887 billion in consumer spending each year. National monuments and public lands are vital both for the history they preserve and the future they offer. Our public lands help define who we are as a nation. Instead of asking which parts of our history and heritage we could roll back or even eliminate, please ask how we can make our outdoors reflect the full story of our country. The only logical conclusion for this review is the same one people came to when each monument was originally designated -- these 27 national monuments deserve to be protected for generations to come.