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National Monuments


Carl Corey | Posted 11.17.2015 | Arts
Carl Corey

It's not what's carved in stone, it's what's carved into your soul.

Why We Must Continue To Protect Our Lands Of The Free

Michael Brune | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

The fate of the public lands around the Grand Canyon hangs in the balance as time ticks away on a temporary ban on new uranium mines in the area. Right now, mining companies are challenging that ban in court.

6 More Landmarks That Should Have Their Indigenous Names Restored

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama restored the Athabascan name, Denali, to the highest peak in North America on Sunday. The name, which means "High One" or "Grea...

13 Stunning U.S. National Monuments You Didn't Know You Needed To See

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 07.27.2015 | Travel

You know about the seven world wonders, and you know about U.S. national parks. But U.S. national monuments are a whole other class of beauty tha...

Obama's Legacy of Protection

Michael Brune | Posted 07.10.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

President Obama deserves a big thank you for these designations. But first, I want to point out that most of the work that went into making these designations possible didn't happen in Washington, D.C.

The Arts in Iran Are Defying Conservatism

William O. Beeman | Posted 07.09.2015 | Arts
William O. Beeman

The arts and cultural activity in Iran today have greatly expanded from the time of the Revolution of 1978-79. Many aspects of the arts challenge conservative religious authorities, but they are flourishing nonetheless to the great appreciation of the Iranian public.

On the Road to Red Rock

Michael Brune | Posted 06.19.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

On the road again! School was hardly out before the family and I had our camping gear packed into the rental minivan. Time for another western adventure to visit and learn about some of the public lands that the Sierra Club and others are working to protect.

13 Truths of RV Living

Julie Meyer Taylor | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Julie Meyer Taylor

A week ago, my husband, my three boys, and I loaded all of our earthly belongings (well, it felt like it) into a rental RV and headed out for a 9-day cross-country road trip to see national parks and monuments. Almost every night we camped in a new spot, and every day we went sight-seeing. On the eighth and ninth days we drove home. As fast as we could.

Meet America's Three Newest National Monuments | Posted 06.10.2015 | Travel

In February, President Obama did just that when he used his executive authority to declare the Pullman Historic District in Chicago, Hawaii's Honouliuli Internment Camp and Colorado's Arkansas River Valley as National Monuments -- officially placing them within the country's National Parks System.

I'm With Stupid: A Dumbed-Down Definition of 'Monumental'

Todd Hartley | Posted 06.05.2015 | Denver
Todd Hartley

I've been doing a bunch of research recently on Browns Canyon National Monument, which many of you may not realize is now a thing. It's over on the other side of Independence Pass from Aspen, on the far side of the Arkansas River between Buena Vista and Salida, roughly.

Sweet 16

Michael Brune | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

Good things are worth waiting for. Local people had been trying for two decades to get permanent protection for Colorado's Browns Canyon (which has long been popular with whitewater rafters and other outdoor enthusiasts). Yesterday that dedication paid off when Obama designated 21,000 acres in Browns Canyon as one of our newest national monuments.

Kate Sheppard

The One Thing Conservation Groups Are A Little Excited About This Congress | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the new chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Rob Bishop may be ready to spar with the Obama administration on some ke...

'Green News Report' - February 19, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.21.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Another day, another oil explosion, this time at an Exxon refinery in C...

Kate Sheppard

Obama Names 3 New National Monuments | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will designate three new national monuments on Thursday and announce a new initiative to increase the number of c...

Latinos Choose the West for Environment, Fight for Protection Because of Passion

Maite Arce | Posted 04.14.2015 | Latino Voices
Maite Arce

For many, economic opportunities like employment or cost of living can have significant bearing on where we choose to live. But, the results of the new Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll tell a different story.

Sometimes, It Takes a President

Rod Torrez | Posted 04.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Rod Torrez

I am also remembering my moment with Mom and César Chávez for another reason: I am angry. I am angry that the very Antiquities Act, which gives presidents power to set aside National Monuments, is about to be gutted.

Trending in the New Year: Americans' Love for Public Lands

Dan Chu | Posted 03.10.2015 | Green
Dan Chu

Hello 2015! At the start of the New Year I often find myself looking ahead to what may come, eagerly anticipating new opportunities and preparing for new challenges. Looking ahead also requires celebrating victories in 2014.

Ongoing Chicanery With the Gehry Memorial

Traci L. Slatton | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Traci L. Slatton

If there is never going to be an open competition for the Eisenhower Memorial, and if, in fact, Gehry's self-aggrandizing design is going to be inflicted as a fait accompli on this nation, then at least show us where the money has all gone.

Toward Securing a Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument

Dan Chu | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green
Dan Chu

This is a guest column by Marni McKinney, vice chair of the Sierra Club Foundation Board of Directors. This past September, I had the pleasure of joi...

Being Good Environmental Stewards, No Matter Where We Live

The Corps Network | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
The Corps Network

Davon Baynes, a Corpsmember with Civic Works Real Food Farm in Baltimore, MD - recently travelled to the Boulder White Cloud Mountains in Idaho. W...

50 Years Later: How the Civil Rights Act and the Wilderness Act Changed the U.S.

Dan Chu | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green
Dan Chu

Fifty years ago, Congress passed two landmark pieces of legislation. Enacted just months apart, the Civil Rights Act and the Wilderness Act changed the American story. Through them both runs the thread of freedom and diversity that makes America great.

The Antiquities Act and the San Gabriel Mountains

The Corps Network | Posted 12.21.2014 | Green
The Corps Network

What would it be like if Chimney Rock in Colorado, the ancestral home of the Pueblo People, was open to modern development? What if the Giant Sequoias...

A Monument For Los Angeles

Steve Dunwoody | Posted 12.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Steve Dunwoody

Although the San Gabriel Mountains are an integral part of Los Angeles' economy and way of life, these public lands have been in dire need of attention. Graffiti and trash are abundant; restrooms, educational programming and community outreach are insufficient.

Why We Should Celebrate the Role of Latinos in the Designation of the San Gabriel Mountains as a National Monument

Rod Torrez | Posted 12.10.2014 | Latino Voices
Rod Torrez

The monument's designation represents a significant moment in which we can see how effectively our community can engage in protecting public lands -- as well as the ways we enjoy them.

Obama Preserves San Gabriel Mountains in LA's Backyard

Frances Beinecke | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

We get to experience these wild places because previous generations had the wisdom to preserve them. Now it's our turn to do the same for our children and grandchildren.