There is an enduring classic Woody Guthrie song that most of us learn when we are children. It’s called ‘This Land Is Your Land.’
It remains one of our county’s most recognizable folk songs because it evokes America’s iconic landscapes. The song reminds us that our treasured national parks and monuments are permanently intertwined in our national character. These lands belong to you, me, all of us — and they aren’t for sale.
But President Trump doesn’t see the value in protecting our national landmarks. He announced plans to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Bears Ears.
These two monuments were designated by President Obama under the Antiquities Act, which gives the federal government the power to protect land with significant natural, historical, or cultural value. This is how Delaware’s First National Park was established.
President Obama decided to designate Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument because they contain more than 100,000 sites of cultural significance to Native Americans.
President Trump’s decision to strip protections from these monuments so private owners can make money off them is short-sighted and disrespectful.
When we protect our public lands, we protect our heritage. Sign here to support our public lands and make sure we keep #monumentsforall.