Stop the Preventing New Parks bill from jeopardizing our wild places!
The Antiquities Act, critical legislation that has allowed for the protection of some of America's most treasured places, was introduced over 100 years ago by Theodore Roosevelt to allow the president to rise above partisan gridlock and designate protections for America's wild places.
More than half of America's National parks, including Grand Canyon, Acadia, Olympic and Grand Tetons were initially protected as monuments under the Act as well as Florida treasures such as Fort Matanzas and Castillo San Marcos; it is as much a part of America's story as the places it helps to protect.
Sadly, the "Preventing New Parks Bill" (H.B. 4988) recently introduced by FL Rep. Southerland, would effectively gut the Antiquities Act, and could prevent future establishment of national parks and protection of symbols of our freedom such as the Statue of the Liberty.
Reach out to your Congressman and let him know you don't support this move that will set back nature protections over a century.
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Underwater at Florida's Dry Tortugas National Park, one of many
Antiquities Act protected spaces.