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Congress aims anti-public lands attack at ocean monuments wilderness

Congress aims anti-public lands attack at ocean monuments wilderness

The current Congress' first attack on the Antiquities Act came in the form of a House subcommittee hearing on the creation of marine monuments, where anti-public lands lawmakers argued to greatly curb presidents' ability to protect parks for future generations. Rep. Rob Bishop, chairman of the committee, has already suggested that existing marine monuments be stripped of their protected status. The hearing was the next wave of a concerted attack on #OurWild —parks, monuments and other places all Americans share. If they are successful, these legislators will remove a vital tool for protecting habitat for unique and endangered species like sea turtles, centuries-old corals, and one of the world's rarest whales—the North Atlantic Right Whale—as well as setting an alarming precedent for the conservation of wild and cultural landmarks more generally. A young white tern. Marine...

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