If there’s a word to sum up 2018, I’d say it’s “defense.” Attacks on America’s National Monuments and other publicly-owned lands were unrelenting and we were singularly focused on protecting these treasures from irreparable harm.
The Friends Grassroots Network - a powerful and diverse group of local organizations - are laser-focused on making sure America's most important and iconic lands remain protected for the benefit of ALL Americans and future generations. Interviews from the 2018 Friends Rendezvous.
On December 28, 2016, President Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to permanently protect two new national monuments: Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah, and Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada.
On February 12, 2016, President Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to permanently protect three new monuments, two of which are new additions to the National Conservation Lands: Mojave Trails and Sand to Snow National Monuments, both located in the California desert.