President Trump launches unprecedented attack on national monuments

Dec. 4th, 2017 Today in Salt Lake City UT, President Trump is signing two "anti-"proclamations authorizing the largest removal of public lands protections in history. His crass and illegal move to gut protections for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah opening up close to 85% of the protected wildlife habitat, public wildlands, archaeological resources, and Native American cultural treasures to destructive development.

What does this mean for our beloved Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument?

An attack on one of America’s national monuments is an attack on all of them. This also signals what Trump could do to our own Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southwestern Oregon and northern California.

Trump’s national monument “review” has been a sham from the start with a predetermined outcome: to roll back national monuments established by President Clinton, President Obama, and even President George W. Bush. All the work to establish and expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument – and safeguard the future for the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument’s remarkable biological diversity and community values – are at stake. We remain watchful, knowing that Cascade-Siskiyou is high on the target list of Rep. Greg Walden and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

It’s crucial that the Trump Administration hear loud and clear that their unprecedented anti-monument actions are outrageously unacceptable.  

Three ways to support your Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument at this time:

  • KS Wild continues working on the frontlines of defense for the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Please consider supporting our work by contributing to our Wildlands Defense Fund during our year-end fund drive. 
  • Please thank our champion legislators that continue to fight for Cascade-Siskiyou. Send a quick “Thank You” to Senators Merkley and Wyden, gratefully asking them to continue to stand strong.
  • Stay tuned on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument facebook page, further the conversation by sharing posts and getting your friends and family to take action. 

The American public overwhelmingly supports our national monuments. No president has ever attempted such a radical rollback of protections for our shared national treasures. Until now.