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National Monuments

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

Orbitz.com | Posted 06.10.2015 | Travel
Orbitz.com

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

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 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

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 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.

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.