The last four years have seen the largest rollback of federal public land and marine protections in history, with the administration’s dogged attempts to open up these important monuments for drilling, mining, and commercial fishing. Our country’s national monuments are incredibly popular, funnel money into local economies, and hold precious cultural and biological significance. Every attempt to slash our national monuments has been met with legal action from Earthjustice — and we will not stop until protection for these national treasures is restored.
First came the carving out of nearly 2 million acres from Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante national monuments. Next on the chopping block was the the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of New England — 4,913 square miles of pristine ocean ecosystem which has now been opened to destructive commercial fishing practices.
If extractive industries get their way, these public lands will be shells of the significant places they once were. And the precedent it would create could threaten other national monuments. More oil and gas will be drilled, trees will be razed to the ground, Native American tribes will lose the cultural value and natural beauty of their ancestral lands, and marine life will lose precious habitat. The stakes are extremely high.
As Earthjustice's attorneys work in court to defend national monuments across the country, you are an important part of the fight to defend these monuments. Write to the Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce and let them know why these national monuments are important to you and why they should be protected.