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Colorado Bill to limit future national monuments

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Just got the following from ARRA. Seems 100% needed to me. I emailed obama a number of months ago asking that he break from the pack and NOT feel the need to lock us out of more land. Unfortunately, he hasn't listened and neither will many (ANY?) future presidents. So far, obama has designated or expanded 19 monuments and locked up 1.25 million acres of land. This legislation should put the brakes on the process. Check it out!


Also, I added Representative Gosar's press release at the bottom.


Action Alert

Support Legislation to Prohibit National Monument Designations that are Not Supported by Affected Local Communities
Send an Email Urging Your Representative to Support H.R. 3946! 

Representative Paul Gosar introduced legislation on November 5 that would require concurrence from affected local communities and the State before any future declarations can be made under the Antiquities Act. The bill, H.R. 3946, includes provisions that have previously received support in the House of Representatives including:

  • Prohibiting designations in counties where there is significant local opposition.
  • Requiring local and State consultation and concurrence before any declarations.
  • Limiting designations to 5,000 acres or less.
  • Requiring written consent from private property owners before including their private property.

Please click Take Action to send an email urging your Representative to support this important legislation! 

Take Action


As it stands, the Antiquities Act of 1906 grants the President the authority to designate “…historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States to be national monuments.” The Antiquities Act also holds that national monuments should be “…confined to the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected…,” yet Presidents of both parties have, in our view, inappropriately designated enormous swaths of public lands as national monuments. 

Too often when widespread local and Congressional support to designate public lands as Wilderness cannot be established, Wilderness proponents turn to a strategy of calling for the President to achieve similar goals by administratively designating the area as a National Monument. It is no secret that those most affected by land use decisions are those who live, recreate and make their livelihoods on or near the public lands in question and should be meaningfully consulted before any designation is made. 

While motorized recreation and other multiple uses are not specifically prohibited in National Monument areas, history has proven that even the most responsible multiple uses are banned or restricted once an area is designated.

Americans for Responsible Recreational Access
2120 L Street, N.W., Suite 850, Washington, D. C. 20037 

Below is a link to Representative Gosar's press release which contains info on who all supports it:


Edited by dmac1

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done. ARRA sends alerts and petitions to sign every once in a while. Get yourself signed up for the automatic alerts everyone, do it now. We gotta keep a few trails open or we won't have anything left to ride. I also just renewed my membership to the Blue Ribbon Coalition and Rocky Mountain ATV is sending a gift card for $25.00. Cha Ching!

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