URGE YOUR FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 3990 LIMITING PRESIDENTIAL MONUMENT AUTHORITY
Legislation to help ensure designations have local support
The American Motorcyclist Association supports H.R. 3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act, introduced in October by U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah). The bill amends the American Antiquities Act of 1906, further defining the authority of presidents who use the act to set aside public lands as national monuments.
Currently, the Antiquities Act allows presidents to make national monument designations, but limits the area of new monuments to “to the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected.”
The AMA believes that previous presidents overstepped their authority under the act and designated much larger swathes of land as monuments, sometimes encompassing millions of acres. Such sweeping designations may jeopardize opportunities for responsible motorized recreation.
Under H.R. 3990, presidents would gain authority to reduce the size of existing monuments, under some circumstances. In addition, the legislation would allow the president to unilaterally designate land up to 640 acres. Monument designations between 640 and 10,000 acres would be subject to review under the National Environmental Policy Act. Designations between 10,000 and 85,000 acres would require approval from all county commissioners, state legislatures, and governors in the affected area.
We hope you will use the simple process below to send a message to your representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor this important legislation. You can preview the message before submitting it.
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