As Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke take aim at our American National Monuments, we thought it would be worthwhile to share some of the most stunning photos of the most at-risk National Monuments and to leave you with a plea:
Download them and share them widely!
Below are links to Flickr photo albums for some of the most at-risk National Monuments. These are mostly from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Flickr page (one set is from the U.S. Forest Service) and most were taken by Bob Wick, who is truly an unsung conservation hero and amazing public servant.
Because he’s taken these photos while on the job for the Bureau of Land Management, they’re public domain and free for all Americans to use and enjoy (although of course, still give credit where credit is due!). That’s quite a gift he’s given us and well worth our tax dollars. Thank you, Bob!
There are 21 National Monuments on Zinke’s hit list and of those, some are definitely more vulnerable than others. The reason? Pressure from the fossil fuel industry.
As we’ve reported, the Bears Ears National Monument is squarely in the crosshairs of the oil and gas industry, with a leading lobbyist saying there is industry “appetite” for development of the Monument.
It’s not just Bears Ears, however. As reports today revealed, Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, Canyons of the Ancients in Colorado, Upper Missouri River Breaks in Montana, and Carrizo Plain and San Gabriel Mountains in California are all being eyed by the coal and oil and gas industry.
These reports, however, don’t even begin to scratch the surface. For one thing, the San Gabriel Mountains are, at best, only minimally threatened by the oil and gas industry. For another, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante are very much in the crosshairs of the oil and gas industry as both National Monuments currently contain oil and gas leases sold by the federal government. These leases already convey a right to develop.
And as our deeper investigations have uncovered, industry has asked the Bureau of Land Management to auction off lands for fracking in Nevada’s Basin and Range National Monument and near Arizona’s Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument (you heard right, Grand Canyon! Unbelievable!). These latest reports fail to mention these Monuments, even though they are clearly being targeted by oil and gas interests.
The fight’s not over by any means and you can help defend these majestic landscapes from Trump and his oil and industry cronies. You can start by checking out these amazing pictures and don’t be afraid to download and share aggressively. With the Trump Administration taking down websites and information left and right, these images may not last.
Just as we’re fighting to keep Trump and Zinke from taking away our National Monuments, let’s fight to ensure these images also never go away.
Basin and Range National Monument, NV
Bears Ears National Monument, UT
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, CO
Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA
Grand Canyon Parashant, AZ
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, CA
Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, MT