On the heels of the proclamation from President Trump to reduce Bears Ears National Monument by 85% and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by nearly half, Secretary Zinke has released his report that announces eight more national monuments being targeted for vast reductions and expanded access for mining, drilling or logging.
Maite Arce, Contributor
While national monuments, which can be established under the authority of the Antiquities Act, are at the discretion of a sitting President, rarely are they created without the input or support from local communities.
Javier Sierra, Contributer, Associate Communications Director, The Sierra Club
Zozobra, according to New Mexico tradition, is a dark character, half ghost, half monster, the enemy of everything good and decent who robs people of their most treasured possession, hope.
Following President Trump’s announcement that he intends to roll back protections of more public lands than ever before in our history by reducing Bears Ears by 85% and Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument by half, several Latino leaders expressed their concern over the decision and how this jeopardizes the future of national monuments nationwide.
Southern California Latino leaders are expressing outrage following President Trump’s announcement that he is rolling back protections of more public lands ever before in our nation’s history by reducing Bears Ears and Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monuments in Utah by over 2 million acres.
By Janelly Corona
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 | 2 a.m.
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, I had never experienced the outdoors until last summer when I was accepted into the Latino Heritage Internship Program, a joint partnership between the National Park Service and Hispanic Access Foundation.
"We are called by our history and faith to be good stewards of this magnificent river, which has carved the Grand Canyon and nourished our ancestors for countless generations.”
– HAF (Hispanic Access Foundation) President and CEO, Maite Arce, and Al Martinez, HECHO (Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors)
By Esperanza Chairez / Amherst College Student, Las Cruces Native
The mountains surrounding the Mesilla Valley, which make up the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (OMDP) have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I still remember seeing my first rattlesnake, tarantula and coyote in these mountains as a little girl.
The Step Up Steve coalition today released a letter to Congressman Steve Pearce from 686 New Mexicans asking him to take specific policy actions in Congress to support protected public lands, affordable renewable energy, and clean air. Such actions include supporting national monuments, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and investment in renewable energy programs.
National parks and monuments on public lands in our state and across the nation help to define who we are as Californians, and as Americans. These iconic natural wonders and historical landmarks tell the stories of our natural, cultural and outdoor heritage and also help to drive our tourism economy.