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National Monuments

Being Good Environmental Stewards, No Matter Where We Live

The Corps Network | Posted 11.14.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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 10.21.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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.

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument -- The Wild Is Where You Find It

Dan Chu | Posted 10.09.2014 | Green
Dan Chu

In a wise move, President Obama recently designated about 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, as our country's newest national monument. It's a decision that came as the result of years of collaboration.

New National Monument Demonstrates Latino Priorities Extend Beyond Immigration

Maite Arce | Posted 10.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Maite Arce

The Latino community's involvement adds to the growing evidence that suggests this engagement from the Latino community on an environmental issue is not just an anomaly, but is something to be expected.

The Grand Canyon of Our Oceans

Eric Schwaab | Posted 10.02.2014 | Green
Eric Schwaab

President Obama has just protected the Grand Canyon of our oceans. By expanding and protecting the Pacific Remote Islands National Monument, he has created one of the world's largest protected marine reserves and conserved a breathtaking, ecological hot spot for endangered species.

Inspired by Poverty Point, New Orleans could seek UN heritage status

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.28.2014 | Travel
Susan Buchanan

The Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in June designated an ancient Native American complex known as Poverty Point, east of Monroe, as Louisiana's first World Heritage site.

Getting Outside to Heal Inside

Michael Cumming | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Michael Cumming

This is why I joined with more than 200 health and well-being professionals in Utah to send a letter to President Obama asking him to protect Greater Canyonlands to foster a healthy America.

Yellowstone in the Backyard: Time to Declare LA's San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

As we head into the final days of August, most Americans are looking for one last summer escape. Many people have to travel hundreds of miles to find a refuge from the crush of everyday life. But the 17 million people living in Greater Los Angeles can find wild beauty right in their backyards.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Calls On Agencies To Crack Down On Illegal Seafood

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that he plans to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to create the ...

New National Monument Preserves Hispanic Heritage

Maite Arce | Posted 07.20.2014 | Latino Voices
Maite Arce

Southern New Mexico's Organ Mountains Desert Peaks region will be protected by President Obama as a national monument on Wednesday, and rightfully so.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Plans To Designate New Monument, Republicans Plan To Freak Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama plans to announce a new national monument on Wednesday, protecting nearly half a million acres in southern New ...

Kate Sheppard

History Under Water: Climate Change Imperils Historic, Cultural Sites

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

On a bright, unseasonably hot morning in early May, Susan Meredith pushed her kayak off the banks of the Little Blackwater River, a shallow, 15-mile t...

Score Another One for Wilderness

Michael Brune | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

For more than a century, presidents have been using the Antiquities Act to save our national treasures, and President Obama's just-announced designation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico shows exactly why this law is so indispensable.

Washington Monument Reopens After Earthquake

AP | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A cross section of Americans awakened early and waited in line for hours to be among the first to ride to the top of the Washingto...

GOP Should Reclaim Its Conservation Roots

Ann Morgan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

The RNC is clearly on the wrong side of this issue. Surveys show it. Economic reports show it. Public sentiment shows it.

10 Fabulously Free Things to Do in D.C.!

Budget Travel | Posted 06.10.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Did you know that amid the trappings of office, pomp and ceremony, and glitz and glamor of Washington, D.C., you'll find more high-quality freebies than anywhere else on earth?

Five Reasons We Support the Antiquities Act (And You Should Too)

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Denise Ryan, Director of Public Lands Policy, Government Relations and Policy View from the Effigy Mounds National Monument, north of Mar...

Latest Assault on Public Lands an Affront to the Public

Ann Morgan | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

Citizens want to continue the proud American tradition of investing in the wildlife, open spaces, remote spots, clean air and fresh water that make this country stand out among other industrialized nations.

Monumental Folly

Ellis Richard | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Ellis Richard

The Antiquities Act is often our last hope for conserving our treasured landscapes. Now a new bill is attempting to gut it.

Kate Sheppard

House Republicans Push Bill Curbing Obama's Ability To Designate National Monuments

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a Republican-backed bill that would make it more difficult for the president to declare new...

A Victory for the Mendocino Coast

Rep. Jared Huffman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
Rep. Jared Huffman

The environment and economy of the North Coast just scored a big victory. Last Tuesday, President Obama designated the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument, protecting these pristine and breathtaking coastal lands.