An executive order signed by President Trump today directs DOI to review the designation of dozens of national monuments, many of which provide American sportsmen and women with places to hunt and fish. Here is TRCP’s response:
“The Antiquities Act has been used by presidents of both parties since 1906 to protect places that are important for our hunting and fishing traditions,” says Joel Webster, Western lands director with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “A number of monuments being evaluated through this order were created, in part, because of strong support from the sporting community. We ask that the review process be both open and transparent, and that it honor a conservation legacy that was first created by Theodore Roosevelt. Ultimately, we understand that some monuments are controversial, and we strongly believe that the appropriate place to resolve conflict over these places is in Congress.”
Read “National Monuments: A Sportsmen’s Perspective,” a report from 27 hunting and fishing organizations and businesses that highlights national monuments created with sportsmen’s support and outlines seven basic tenets for future monuments.