The Mountaineers Is Fighting for Public Lands and We Need Your Help

A recent presidential proclamation drastically reduces two of our country's national monuments. Fortunately, The Mountaineers is speaking up for our public lands. Your tax-deductible contribution to The Mountaineers supports a steady, effective drumbeat of public lands advocacy. Please give today.
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December 14, 2017

As you’ve probably heard, the president recently signed a proclamation to drastically reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah. This unprecedented action undermines the 1906 Antiquities Act, the law granting presidents the authority to create national monuments to protect cultural, natural and scientific resources.

Why does Utah Matter?

Most Mountaineers today have never had reason to question the future of foundational conservation laws like the Antiquities Act and others. These laws belong to an ethos The Mountaineers helped build in the Pacific Northwest, from creating Olympic National Park in 1938 to expanding the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in 2014.

Now the conservation protections and values we've counted on are under threat and we need your help.   

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In the Pacific Northwest we need to care deeply about the red desert canyons of Utah. It's an issue with sweeping implications for everyone who loves public lands and experiencing the outdoors. The recent proclamation aims to strip 84% of Bears Ears National Monument and about 50% of Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument – slashing 2 million acres in total. In addition, the Secretary of the Initeror has recommended reducing the size of two other national monuments and changing the way six others are managed.

Public land threats are a national issue, and they require national leadership. The Mountaineers are at the table.

We provide leadership in national coalitions like Outdoor Alliance, and we work closely with elected officials willing to stand for public lands. We continue to work with Pacific Northwest senators and representatives as they lead the charge to speak out for the Arctic, push back on monument setbacks, call for better funding for wildfires, push for equitable access to our National Parks, and more. 

We’re not going to stop. We’re going to push back harder. But we need your help. Your tax-deductible contribution to The Mountaineers supports a steady, effective drumbeat of public lands advocacy, from regular meetings with senate staff to online campaign videos shared with our partners nationally. We provide impactful opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to engage on these issues. When decisions are being made that impact recreation, when conservation priorities are at stake, we are your voice from the Pacific Northwest. 

At The Mountaineers, a setback only strengthens our resolve. It’s time to double down. You can help us  stand up for public lands and the outdoor experience.

Please, make a gift today.

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