Several national monuments are being proposed in California to lock up millions of acres of public land. These areas are already substantially protected through numerous laws. Wilderness, National Forests, National Parks and other designations are already in place within the proposed acreage as well as surrounding these areas. These massive Monuments should not be designated through the Antiquities Act. Congress has not had enough support to designate these monuments, therefore President Biden should not abuse the Antiquities Act to lock up millions of acres of land in California to satisfy environmental organizations demands for their 30X30 agenda. Use the tool below to send a letter to your member of Congress informing them this is an insult to the American people.
Range of Light National Monument
The Range of Light National Monument is expected to be a 1.4 million acre national monument in California between Yosemete and Kings Canyon. That is more than a half a million acres larger than the entire state of Rhode Island. Environmental groups are pushing for this massive monument to connect the two parks essentially expanding them byway of the Antiquities Act in the name of “conservation”. This is nothing but a massive land grab to push the 30X30 agenda.
Feather River Canyons National Monument
The proposed monument would be approximately 400,000 acres within the Plumas National Forest. There are already substantial protections because it’s within a national forest. This area has also already experienced high volumes of wildfire destroying wildlife, habitat and watersheds in recent years because of restrictive management. It is crucial that agencies such as the Forest Service have access and approval to properly managing the forests to prevent catastrophic wildfire. Creating a national monument in this area will only increase the red tape that exists to implement vegetation treatments that are so desperately needed. Much of the acreage in this area is already designated as Wild and Scenic rivers, Wilderness and inventoried roadless areas. There does not need to be further restrictions that come through a national monument designation.
Chuckwalla National Monument
This monument is proposed to be south of Joshua Tree National Park. encompassing 700,000 acres to “protect” the Chuckwalla, desert tortoise and bighorn sheep which already have protections through habitat and endangered species protection laws. Because much of this area is already designated as a national park, there are two other national monuments within the Coachella valley and includes restrictions to public land users, there does not need to be anymore through this monument.
Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument
This is a proposal to expand the already 330,000 acre national monument by nearly 4,000 more acres. President Obama already abused the Antiquities Act do designate this monument, and this abuse of power should not continue to expand the monument. This bill to expand the monument was originally proposed 2022. BlueRibbon is currently in a lawsuit over the expansion of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.
Groups who support the expansion of this monument tout a 98% approval rating for the creation and expansion of this monument. We want to ensure that your member of Congress hears from you to show that 98% of the public does not support locking Americans out of their public land.