national monuments

Photo Essay: Giving Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante the Protection They Deserve

Photo Essay: Giving Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante the Protection They Deserve

By Derrick Z. Jackson Walls of red, walls of gold. Stratified hillsides exposing 270 million years of Earth formation with ribbons of cocoa, caramel, burned orange, and white. Hoodoo rock formations playing tricks on our minds as massive boulders appear to teeter atop eroded, pencil-thin spires. We walked under natural arches that gloriously framed the […]

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    Overcrowded U.S. National Parks Need a Reservation System

    Overcrowded U.S. National Parks Need a Reservation System

    By Michael Childers If you’re headed out into the wild this summer, you may need to jump online and book a reservation before you go. For the second consecutive year, reservations are required to visit Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Glacier national parks. Other popular sites, including Maine’s Acadia National Park, encourage visitors to buy entrance […]

    A Monumental Matter at Bears Ears — Land of Sacred Power

    A Monumental Matter at Bears Ears — Land of Sacred Power

    By Sharon Buccino This week, Secretary Haaland chose a visit to Bears Ears National Monument as her first trip as Interior Secretary. She is spending three days in Bluff, Utah, a small town just outside the monument, listening to representatives of the five tribes who first proposed its designation to President Obama in 2015. This […]

    Flooding Problems at Washington, DC, Landmarks Likely to Worsen

    Flooding Problems at Washington, DC, Landmarks Likely to Worsen

    George Washington lived much of his life near the Potomac River – from his birthplace in Colonial Beach, Virginia, to his estate at Mount Vernon. And he chose where along the river’s banks the young nation would build its capital city. But as the climate warms, this historic river poses a flooding risk to nearby […]

    Sierra Club Confronts Racist Views of Founder John Muir

    Sierra Club Confronts Racist Views of Founder John Muir

    The Sierra Club, long known for its environmental advocacy and its support of progressive organizations, has decided that it will no longer offer blind reverence to its founder John Muir, as The Washington Post reported. Muir, considered the “wilderness prophet,” “patron saint of the American wilderness” and “father of the national parks,” also espoused racist […]

    Green Groups Sue to Save Atlantic’s Only National Monument

    Green Groups Sue to Save Atlantic’s Only National Monument

    President Donald Trump sparked the ire of conservationists earlier this month when he opened the country’s only marine national monument in the Atlantic to commercial fishing. Now, some of them are suing to stop him and preserve the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which protects 5,000 square miles of unique ocean habitat off […]

    Trump Admin Finalizes ‘Atrocious’ Plans to Allow Drilling and Mining on Gutted National Monuments

    Trump Admin Finalizes ‘Atrocious’ Plans to Allow Drilling and Mining on Gutted National Monuments

    The Trump administration finalized plans Thursday to open public lands in Utah to the fossil fuel industry. The move completes a process begun in 2017 when the administration announced the largest rollback of land protection in U,S. history: It shrank Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and its Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by […]