Action Opportunity: Comment deadline Monday, July 10, to say ‘hands off our national monuments’
I received this email from Jessica Strickland, Trout Unlimited’s Field Coordination here in California:
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Monument issue that’s going on and how San Gabriel NM is one of the ones under review. TU has a huge campaign out right now. We are working hard to protect the National Monuments being reviewed by the Executive Order to analyze all monuments designated after 1996. There are six here in California under review, and we’ve been told the most at risk are Giant Sequoia and Cascade-Siskiyou National Monuments. Giant Sequoia is being reviewed to decreased by 2/3’s in size, which would remove the current protections for many waterways (Upper Kings River, Tule River, and the headwaters of the North Fork Kern River).”
Trout Unlimited has a couple things going on:
National campaign form letter that’s sent to the Dept of the Interior found here: http://www.tu.org/action-center?vvsrc=%2fcampaigns%2f52695%2frespond
OR you can send your comment directly to the DOI here:
I wrote about the efforts by TU and other conservation organizations back in May and asked readers to write a letter. Here’s our last chance to voice an opinion. Check out this strong letter that appeared today as inspiration for your own letter.
Re “Trump can topple national monuments,” Los Angeles Times Opinion, July 6
I’m a scientist and not a lawyer, so I won’t argue the legal claims made by attorneys from a conservative think tank. But the real “magical thinking” is to believe President Trump’s claims that he’s acting in the public interest by opening up dozens of national monuments for “review.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a blatant attempt to industrialize these magnificent places, with the oil, gas, private water and logging industries as the beneficiaries.
The public is not calling for clear cutting in Giant Sequoia National Monument. It has not asked for drilling or fracking in Carrizo Plain or pumping underground water from underneath Mojave Trails. National monuments in California and other states enjoy devoted, widespread local support.
Ileene Anderson is public lands director and senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity in Los Angeles.
See you on the river, Jim Burns