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National Monuments

Sweet 16

Michael Brune | Posted 02.20.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 02.19.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.06.2015 | 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 01.08.2015 | 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.

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

Dan Chu | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 11.28.2014 | 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...