The Rundown

The 'No More Parks' Bill Puts These Iconic American Landmarks in Danger

Your guide to protecting America’s natural monuments, what’s working, what’s not and what you can do about it.

by Impact Staff
Oct 20 2017, 4:00pm

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), the committee chairman and sponsor of a bill known as the "No More Parks Bill," led the House Natural Resources Committee in a vote to limit the power of the executive branch from creating new national monuments. Bishop introduced a similar bill back in 2015, but the threat to the country's most beautiful natural areas has become more immediate since President Trump took office and installed former Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke as his Secretary of the Interior. The Trump administration appears to be committed to removing necessary protections of the country's most precious public lands.

The legislation effectively cancels out the 1906 Antiquities Act which gives presidents the authority to name monuments. Following the actions of House Republicans, these locations that once could have been put under federal protection are now vulnerable to the interests of private companies. This weight of this new policy is compounded by President Trump's executive order earlier this year to put several national monuments up for review, potentially undoing the conservation efforts of several presidents before him.

It's possible that "No More Parks" may not pass through the Senate since they have a smaller majority and there are several senators that lean more to the center. Still, these new policies make preserving the environment—which is already a challenge— even more difficult. If you want to make sure these natural monuments and the wildlife that inhabit them are around for future generations to enjoy, contact your legislators and let them know your position on the issue.

VICE Impact did a roundup of all the natural monuments currently protected by the 1906 Antiquities Act, take a look below to see what's at stake.

Giant Sequoia in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park, Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Location: Tulare County, California

Muir Woods

Muir Woods National Monument, Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Location: Marin County, California

Grand Teton

String Lake Grand Teton National Park, Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Location: Teton County, Wyoming

Zion

Zion National Park, Photo via Flickr User Zion National Park

Location: Springdale, Utah

White Sands

White Sands National Park, Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Location: Southern New Mexico

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Monument, Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Location: Southern Utah

Devils Tower

Devils Tower National Monument, Photo via National Park Service

Location: Crook County, Wyoming

Upper Missouri River Breaks

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in central Montana

Location: Lewistown, Montana

The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Mather Point, Photo via National Parks Service

Location: Arizona

Landscape Arch, Arches National Park

Arches National Park, Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Location: Grand County, Utah

Bears Ears National Monument

Bears Ears National Monument via Flickr

Location: San Juan County, Utah