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Thank your Utah Representative
02/04/13 at 10:46:50
 
Thank your Representative for Introducing Legislation to Limit the Presidents Unilateral Authority to Designate National Monuments

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Background:

Your Representative, Jason Chaffetz (R), has introduced a bill (H.R. 250) that would require Congressional approval before any National Monument designation could be finalized. As it stands the President has the authority to designate National Monuments that are confined to the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected, yet Presidents of both parties have, in our view, inappropriately designated enormous swaths of public lands as national monuments. One particularly egregious example was the designation of nearly 2 million acres of public land as the Grand Staircase/Escalante National in Utah. National Monument designations almost always mean that OHV activity and other forms of recreation are eliminated or severely restricted in the area.

This issue is becoming increasingly important as too often when widespread local and Congressional support to designate public lands as wilderness cannot be established, wilderness proponents turn to a strategy of calling for the President to achieve similar goals by administratively designating the area as a National Monument. It is time for this practice to stop.

Those most affected by land use decisions are those who live, recreate and make their livelihoods on or near the public lands in question. H.R. 250 would ensure that locals have a greater say in the management of public lands in their home states, and that they no longer have to fear unilateral decisions from Washington D.C. that could negatively impact their recreation, way of life and ability to make a living.

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