Blumenauer on Antiquities Act Executive Order: Our Public Lands Should Not be Sold Off to the Highest Bidder

April 26, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement on Donald Trump’s executive order on the Antiquities Act:

“No surprise, Donald Trump is trying to cover up for his failed 100 days with another executive order that threatens our nation’s public lands. While this order claims to require a ‘review’ of more than two dozen monument designations, it is really just a thinly-veiled attempt to undermine important protections for some of our nation’s most remarkable treasures.

“The Antiquities Act is a vital tool for protecting culturally and environmentally sensitive lands and sites – from the Grand Canyon to Stonewall Inn, Bears Ears to Oregon’s Cascade Siskiyou. These treasures are a boon to the economy, fueling tremendous growth in outdoor recreation and local tourism. National monuments should be celebrated, not sold off to the highest bidder.

“Now is the time to be recognizing the cultural history, conservation legacy, and economic importance of our public lands. I will resist against any attempts by Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress to weaken these critical components of our American identity.”