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Defend Our National Monuments

This week, the Department of the Interior announced that it would be reviewing millions of acres of public land protected as National Monuments under a piece of legislation called the Antiquities Act. All National Monuments are at risk, but the Department of the Interior has specifically identified public lands in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Maine for review.
The San Gabriel Mountains and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monuments in California are critical landscapes mountain bikers had ample voice in creating, and mountain bikers have trail plans under consideration in Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine.
The Department of the Interior has a public comment period beginning May 12. Comments on the recently designated Bears Ears National Monument will be accepted for just 15 days while comments on all other monuments will be accepted for 60 days. It is extremely important for people who love the outdoors to speak up in defense of these public lands. IMBA will be asking for more engagement from mountain bikers on the individual monuments with mountain biking opportunities during this time—be ready!
We have drafted a sample comment on the web page, but encourage you to personalize it based on your own experience of National Monuments or public lands, especially if you have a local connection to Bears Ears or any of the National Monuments under review. Outdoor Alliance will also be delivering these comments in person to the Department of the Interior at the end of the comment period.
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Photo credit: Jeff Barker