Desert Survivors is an affiliation of desert lovers committed to experiencing, sharing and protecting desert wilderness wherever we find it. We recognize the places we love to explore will not remain wild unless we give others the opportunity to experience them as we do and unless we remain vigilant and active in our efforts to monitor and preserve them.


Photos (clockwise from upper left): Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (UT); Carrizo Plains National Monument (CA); Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (NM); Mojave Trails National Monument (CA)––some of the 27 National Monuments under Donald Trump's gun.   Let him know that we like these monuments just as they are.
 
Photos: Grand Staircase-Escalnate - Wikimedia Commons, Carrizo Plains - Lynne Buckner, Mojave Trails and Organ Mountains - BLM.


PROTECT OUR NATIONAL MONUMENTS 
FROM TRUMP'S UNDOING

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For the past 111 years the Antiquities Act of 1906 has been a bedrock tool for the protection of American public lands The law gives the President of the United States the authority to, by presidential proclamation, create national monuments from federal lands to protect significant natural, cultural, or scientific features. The Act has been used over one hundred times since its passage by both Republican and Democratic presidents.

The Grand Canyon was one of the first monuments proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908. Treasured desert places such as Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Zion (all now National Parks) first found protection as national monuments.

On April 26, President Trump signed an executive order directing Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke to review the 27 national monuments that have been designated since 1996. Clearly, this review is the first step in a plan to rescind or shrink the monument status of these lands. It has been a long dream of Republican Party idealogues to abolish these national monuments and open them up to private exploitation--including new oil drilling & mining, and new livestock grazing.  Eliminating monument designation would risk these lands to increased destruction by off-road vehicles.
 
These lands provide enormous recreational, ecological, historic and cultural value. Their loss would be a real tragedy.   Desert Survivors will fight this potential devastation, but we need your help. Desert Survivors is asking everyone who loves the desert–– its beautiful scenery, vibrant plant and animal life, and its historic and cultural artifacts––to submit comments to the Secretary of the Interior in opposition to any changes in these 27 national monuments. You have until July 9 to raise your voice.


TO COMMENT ONLINE:
You can post your statement electronically by going to the Department of the Interior webpage:

https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001

For background info: 
 https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/11/2017-09490/review-of-certain-national-monuments-
established-since-1996-notice-of-opportunity-for-public-comment

TO COMMENT BY MAIL:
Please send letters to:        
Monument Review, MS 1530
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240

SOME TIPS ABOUT YOUR COMMENTS:  
Public lands defenders need to pack the Secretary of the Interior's mailbox with pro-national monuments statements. Personal comments written or customized by you will carry the most weight. Please keep in mind that a brief, personalized comment can be just as important as a long, persuasive essay. Remember to keep your comments positive. Here are some things to consider when crafting your comment:

*   Start with who you are and your personal connection to any or all of the national monuments under review.
*   Clearly state your position in opposition to changes in these national monuments.
*   Support your comment with facts.
*   Describe the anticipated personal impacts of a monument reversal.
*   End with a call to keep these national monuments intact.

DESERT NATIONAL MONUMENTS UP FOR REVIEW:
Desert Survivors opposes changes to all 27 of the national monuments up for scrutiny by the Trump order. The national monuments specific to our desert protection mission include:
 

Mojave Trails (CA), Sand to Snow (CA), Carrizo Plains (CA), San Gabriel Mountains (CA), Grand Staircase-Escalante (UT), Basin and Range (NV), Gold Butte (NV), Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (NM), Rio Grande del Norte (NM), Sonoran Desert (AZ), Vermilion Cliffs (AZ), Ironwood Forest (AZ), Grand Canyon-Parashant (AZ) and Canyons of the Ancients (CO).

Bears Ears (UT) is also up for review, however the comment period for this monument closed on May 25, 2017.

HAVEN'T THE TIME TO WRITE A PERSONAL COMMENT?

The Center For Biological Diversity has a form letter that you can submit electronically.  Please go to this page:

http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/o/2167/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=17662


PLEASE ACT TO SAVE THESE PRECIOUS LANDS.
Trump's executive order puts the fate of our parks and monuments in the hands of Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke. Now is the time to show Secretary Zinke that we want our lands to remain protected. With your help, we can demonstrate the overwhelming public support to all national monuments.  The deadline is July 9, 2017.  Send your comments today!



LATEST NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
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THE SUMMER 2017 TRIPS SCHEDULE IS HERE

The torrid summer heat makes excursions to the low-elevation and low-latitude deserts much too dangerous.  During these hot months Desert Survivors sponsors trips to the moderate climate-zones of Northern Nevada and Oregon or to high elevation of the White Mountains on the California/Nevada border.  Dave Oline is leading a trip to the canyons of eastern Oregon and an after-Labor Day excursion to parts of southern Nevada.  Join us in the Malheur Forest, Oregon in August to witness the total eclipse of the sun.  We will head to the summit of the highest peak in Nevada too.  Our annual summer picnic in Castro Valley CA will take place in mid-July.  We are going to make a solar water still that day.  Come early and help us dig the pit. 

We have pleanty of desert to experience this summer.  Please join us for our adventures. 
For more information please go to our TRIPS PAGE.
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