Press Release Jul 13, 2017

Craters of the Moon Removed from Monument Review Chopping Block

NPCA's response to Interior Secretary Zinke's decision today to remove Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, one of two national park sites, from the list of 27 national monuments under review.

Statement by Theresa Pierno, President and CEO for National Parks Conservation Association

“Secretary Zinke said in a statement today that “…not all monuments are the same.” Indeed, they are not. And that’s exactly why each was created, and why each is deserving of protection. And why nearly 3 million Americans have again spoken up to protect them. To question these sites is to dishonor all that makes this country so special. Some have wild rivers and habitat for wildlife, some are sacred lands and some protect incredible canyons. We are all waiting for Secretary Zinke to move beyond this arbitrary process and start doing the work he is charged with, and that’s protecting and preserving America’s national monuments and our national park sites, not questioning their value.”


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