OIA Opposes Bishop Bill Gutting 1906 Antiquities Act
Ask your representatives in Washington to protect healthy communities, healthy economies, and our national heritage by standing up for the Antiquities Act and voting NO on H.R. 3990.
UPDATED: OCTOBER 11, 2017; 4:30 p.m. MT
The House Natural Resources Committee has voted along party lines to pass Chairman Rob Bishop’s, “National Monument Creation and Protection Act,” referring it to the House. The legislation is an attack on the Antiquities Act and undermines the protection and enjoyment of our nation’s public lands and waters.
The legislation was hastily introduced this past Monday and was voted out of committee 48 hours later. This kind of “fast-tracking” is unusual and concerning.
Adding to our concern, the legislation:
In short, Bishop’s bill will undermine a legacy established more than 100 years ago and used by 16 presidents, Republican and Democratic alike, to designate 157 national monuments, dozens of which eventually became our national parks, across the country.
Since 1906, the Antiquities Act has been used to protect America’s iconic landscapes, waterways, wildlife sanctuaries, culturally and historically significant places, and areas of monumental beauty. The Antiquities Act ensures these places remain uncorrupted and accessible for the enjoyment of every American today and into the future. These emblematic places have become outdoor recreation destinations and catalysts for positive job creation and sustainable economies in communities across the nation.
As OIA’s public lands designation policy states, we believe that local input and well-vetted legislation should be the first course of action whenever designating federal lands for protection. We also believe that the Antiquities Act is a foundational law that protects outdoor recreation on federal lands and must be preserved.
OIA calls on outdoor industry business leaders and every friend of outdoor recreation to call their representative, and ask them to stop this dangerous legislation and the harm it will cause to the lands and waters on which we hike, hunt, bike, camp, climb, boat, and fish. Ask your representatives in Washington to protect healthy communities, healthy economies, and our national heritage by standing up for the Antiquities Act and voting NO on H.R. 3990.