National Parks Group Applauds Robust Congressional Support for National Monuments

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   January 24, 2014
Contact:   Kati Schmidt, Senior Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association: 415.728.0840; Mobile: 415.847.1768


National Parks Group Applauds Robust Congressional Support for National Monuments

Statement by Elise Russell Liguori, Government Affairs Natural Resources Director for the National Parks Conservation Association

“The National Parks Conservation Association applauds action taken by more than 100 Representatives today, urging Secretary Jewell and the Obama Administration to protect public lands having natural and cultural significance by continuing to use the Antiquities Act. While today’s letter was led and signed by House Democrats, the Antiquities Act – and our national park system – has a long history of support by all Americans, regardless of political party affiliation. In fact, the Antiquities Act has been used by an equal number of Democratic and Republican Presidents since it became law in 1906, and polling shows that nine out of 10 voters support our national parks.” 

“More than 75% of the national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act since 1906 are now managed by the National Park Service. With the exception of the Organic Act of 1916, no law has had more influence over the development of the modern National Park System and our other public lands than the Antiquities Act.”

“The National Parks Conservation Association urges Secretary Jewell to help further the work that President Obama completed earlier in his presidency through his designations of the Cesar E. Chavez, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, First State, Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers, and Fort Monroe National Monuments. Across the country, places of national significance exist and are deserving of permanent protection.”

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