The Comment Period Closed July 10, 2017. Results and report of the Review due August 24, 2017.
In California, monuments under review include Berryessa Snow Mountain, Carrizo Plain, Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails, San Gabriel Mountains, and Giant Sequoia. The California State Legislature and Attorney General have already sent their messages to the Drumpf administration: Leave California’s Monuments Alone! Comments including mention of the economic importance of monuments to local rural economies, reference to unique landscapes, cultural or historical treasures, and personal experiences are most impactful. View Friends of the Inyo’s comments on all California monuments here.
If you live in the Eastern Sierra, contact Congressman Paul Cook to voice your support for retaining the current boundaries and protections for California’s national monuments. Representative Cook recently signed a letter from the Western Caucus to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, supporting, among other things, the reduction in size of California’s Mojave Trails and San Gabriel Mountains National Monuments. Representative Cook did not seek input from his constituents regarding his decision to support the reduction of these monuments, nor did he post the letter on his website, probably because all available data indicates that monuments enjoy overwhelming bi-partisan public support in California and across the West. The Western Caucus letter is also in direct contradiction to bipartisan support from state lawmakers for California monuments. View our response to Cook here.