31 Jan '17, 6pm

This Landmark Conservation Law Is Under Attack

If you've ever stood on the rim of the Grand Canyon and marveled at the awesome view of the gorge—unmarred by mines or machines—you have the Antiquities Act to thank. If you've ever walked the banks of Wyoming's Snake River and taken in the sight of the stone towers at Grand Teton National Park, you also owe a debt of gratitude to the Antiquities Act. The same is true of California's Death Valley and Mt. Lassen National Parks, as well as Katmai and Glacier Bay National Parks in Alaska, Washington State's Olympic National Park and Arches and Zion National Parks in Utah . In all of these cases, the first step toward establishing a national park was for a president to first designate a national monument under the Antiquities Act. But this landmark conservation law is now in jeopardy. Some Congressional Republicans—along with Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke , Donald Trump's pick for I...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/antiquities-act-under-attack-2228...

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