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The Latest On: National Monuments

May 12, 2017 | Blog Post

Tell Trump: ‘Back Off Bears Ears’

You have until May 27 to tell the Trump administration that Bears Ears is a vital part of our national heritage and must remain protected.

March 29, 2017 | Case

Defending The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

Earthjustice, representing the Center for Biological Diversity and Zack Klyver (Head Naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company), in cooperation with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Conservation Law Foundation, will defend the designation, and help prevent any settlement with the Trump Administration that would revoke or undermine the protections provided by the monument.

March 29, 2017 | Legal Document

Memorandum of Law in Support of Defendant-Intervenor Applicants' Motion to Intervene

The Natural Resources Defense Council, Conservation Law Foundation, Center for Biological Diversity, and Mr. R. Zack Klyver (“Applicants”) seek to intervene as defendants in this case to protect their interests in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument (“the Monument”). Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 7(m), counsel for Applicants contacted Plaintiffs’ counsel on March 24 and 28, 2017, to ascertain their position on this motion prior to filing.

March 20, 2017 | In the News: E&E News

Smaller Bears Ears Monument Could Trigger Legal Battle

Heidi McIntosh, Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: "The Antiquities Act was really a one-way designation authority that allows the president to designate monuments, but it doesn't grant the president any authority to reverse the designations of his predecessors. When [the president] exercises his power, he's standing in the shoes of Congress. In the same way a president can't, on his own, mend or revoke acts of Congress, he can't go back and amend or revoke monuments, either."

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