Act Before July 10, 2017 – Submit comments to Department of Interior in their review of National Monuments

The Department of the Interior is conducting the first ever formal public comment for members of the public to officially weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906, and the Department released a list of monuments in response to President’s Executive Order 13792, issued April 26, 2017.  Let them know we value our National Monuments, “ spanning from Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to California’s Giant Sequoia National Monument to Hawaii’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument — celebrate our natural and cultural history. With each designation, the public has already shown widespread support for the protecting our forests, deserts, canyons, and underwater wonderlands. We cannot allow any efforts to rollback protections for our public lands and waters.” (Sierra Club)  

Most comments are being submitted by the Sierra Club link and so all sound the same.  Mix it up and submit your own comments directly on the DOI site.  Modify the suggested text below to make it original.  Here is the direct link https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001

Find DOI background here:  https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-releases-list-monuments-under-review-announces-first-ever-formal

The Sierra Club offers background and suggested content for your comment here, but please edit and submit on your own directly: https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0079253&id=7010Z000001ukTpQAI&ddi=N17ESAFB45&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=emacq&utm_content=natlmon_v2

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I am shocked and disappointed that you are moving forward with a review of 27 of our national monuments. These magnificent lands and waters celebrate our mountains, deserts, forests, canyons, and oceans. These places are living museums that tell the stories of cultures dating back millennia as well as the stories of people today. Any effort to alter or eliminate our natural and cultural history is reprehensible.

There is no need to review what people across the country already know first-hand — that national monuments provide tangible health, natural, and economic benefits. Protected outdoor spaces drive the outdoor recreation economy, which supports 7.6 million jobs and generates $887 billion in consumer spending each year. National monuments and public lands are vital both for the history they preserve and the future they offer. Our public lands help define who we are as a nation. Instead of asking which parts of our history and heritage we could roll back or even eliminate, please ask how we can make our outdoors reflect the full story of our country. The only logical conclusion for this review is the same one people came to when each monument was originally designated — these 27 national monuments deserve to be protected for generations to come.

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Note on Effective Actions:  In general, it is more effective to contact your representatives and policy members directly than through an on-line petition distributed by a group.  On-line petitions are generally not included in the tallies lawmakers use in directing their decisions.  In this case, however, Sierra Club will be adding your comments to the DOI site on your behalf and so you will get counted in the DOI’s tally using their site.  But, they might pay more attention if you at least edit the Sierra Club message so it sounds more original and post directly at the DOI site.

Notice if you have already submitted comments through the Sierra Club, go ahead and post your original comments in a second comment.  They are not limiting you to one comment.