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The Latest On: National Monuments

February 28, 2018 | Legal Document

Amended Cadiz Complaint

Conservation and health-safety groups have filed suit in federal court challenging the Trump administration’s approval of an enormous groundwater-mining and pipeline project in Southern California. The Cadiz water project, approved without environmental review, includes the construction of a pipeline through the Mojave Trails National Monument and other public lands in the area.

February 18, 2018 | In the News: The Hill

Trump’s National Monument Rollbacks Take Effect

Heidi McIntosh, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice: “The most important immediate change is that the lands will once again be available for mining prospectors to get out on federal public lands and stake mining claims.”

December 14, 2017 | Feature

Defending Bears Ears

We cannot let Bears Ears become the testing ground for dismantling the Antiquities Act. This national monument—and the more than one hundred others—are part of what make this land great.

December 7, 2017 | Case

Defending Our National Monuments

National monuments are unique among the special and protected land designations on federal public lands, because they are created pursuant to a special, but narrow, grant of authority to the president to regulate federal public lands.

December 7, 2017 | Legal Document

Legal Document: Conservation Groups File Lawsuit after President Trump Illegally Axed Majestic Bears Ears National Monument

Earthjustice is representing nine conservation organizations in a suit charging that the president violated the 1906 Antiquities Act and the U.S. Constitution by eviscerating the Bears Ears National Monument. The unprecedented act leaves rare archaeological sites and stunning wildlands without protection from looting, prospecting, oil and gas drilling or off-road vehicle damage. Bears Ears was decimated by more than 1 million acres. The Natural Resources Defense Council and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance are co-plaintiffs in the case, represented by counsel from those organizations.

December 4, 2017 | Legal Document

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: Complaint For Injunctive And Declaratory Relief

This case challenges President Donald J. Trump’s unlawful December 4, 2017 proclamation that attempts to revoke monument status and protections from roughly half of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (the Monument), which was designated in 1996 pursuant to the Antiquities Act of 1906. President Trump’s unlawful proclamation would replace the Monument in large part with three separate, significantly smaller units.

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