Speak up for National Monuments

I just sent this to the Secretary of the Interior, via SUWA (thanks!)
Please get your voice in during the comment period — I think we’refighting for the Antiquities Act itself.
Dear Secretary Zinke:
I am a cultural and environmental historian at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. We bring History, Environmental Studies, biology, chemistry, physics, and art majors to our public lands, both federal and state: wildernesses, BLM land, national monuments, national parks, national forests, state parks. They belong to all of us and they protect things that we hold dear or sacred, even if we don’t know much about them. In our work at Westminster they serve as teaching spaces, laboratories, and repositories of stories. In Fall 2017 a colleague and I are leading a semester-long academic road trip to public lands throughout the West, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. We visit those places because of their extraordinary beauty but also because they can help us learn about people and community, as well as water, wildlife, and the physical world. These fragile landscapes (both physical and cultural) deserve special protection and designation. Don’t take away our classrooms — don’t take away the tools or set a terrible precedent that reverses the protection of magnificent places — the same tool that first protected the Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons, Arches, Bryce, and Zion National Parks. Support Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments!
Jeffrey Nichols