Thursday, August 24, 2017

Protecting America's National Monuments

While Donald Trump is keen to protect monuments to the Confederate states he is just as keen to remove protection from America's National Monuments. He doesn't want to "see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart" but would like to rip apart some of the country's most beautiful environments.

Under the Antiquities Act of 1906 United States Presidents can designate areas as 'national monuments' due to their natural beauty or cultural significance. Unfortunately where previous presidents have seen natural beauty Donald Trump sees a quick buck. He would therefore like to strip national monuments of their protection.

In April Donald Trump signed an executive order directing his interior secretary to review the designation of these national monuments. In response the Natural Resources Defense Council has created an interactive map so that you can learn more about America’s national monuments and the value that they bring to the country.

America's Monuments: Worth the Fight uses the Esri Story Map format to show you where each of the national monuments are and to tell you about why each is so important. The information provided for each monument includes its size in acres and the year that it was established.

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