Patagonia, REI Slam Trump for Downsizing National Monument Protected Lands

Pat Bagley

Pat Bagley

Environmentalists and Native American tribes said that they would challenge Mr Trump in court.

"Trump's unprecedented, illegal action is a brutal blow to our public lands, an affront to Native Americans and a disgrace to the presidency", said Randi Spivak, the public lands program director at the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity.

The authority to create national monuments is afforded to presidents under a 1906 law called the Antiquities Act, and in the century since the law was passed, it has been used to protect millions of acres of wilderness and scores of culturally significant sites. He also said that Mr Trump should consider changing the boundaries of the Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments in the Pacific Ocean.

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Patagonia has been in the fight to protect public lands for nearly 30 years- and we are proud to have played a part in the establishment of several national monuments, including Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and Basin and Range and Gold Butte National Monuments in Nevada. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed shrinking both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments earlier this year.

A link directed the reader to graphics depicting the planned reductions to Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase National Monument. "This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history".

The rollback is a reversal of protections establish by Democratic predecessors, which comes as the government is pushing for little restrictions and much development in the public lands. No president has ever revoked and replaced a national monument before because it is not legal to do so. The company cites statistics estimating that the outdoor recreation industry employs 7.6 million jobs and generates $887 million in economic activity - outpacing the jobs and spending generated by the USA fossil fuels sector.

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Outdoor retailer Patagonia is no stranger to throwing its weight behind worthy causes, particularly those aligned with its mission to "use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis".

"These abuses of the Antiquities Act give enormous power to faraway bureaucrats at the expense of the people who actually live here, work here, and make this place their home".

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