We're thrilled that the Obama administration has protected two of our favorite places, Boulder-White Clouds and Mojave Trails. Two down, three to go! Add your name to encourage our President to designate Gold Butte, Birthplace of Rivers and Owyhee Canyonlands as national monuments.
Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior Sally Jewell
President Barack Obama
Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Subject: Please protect the places we play through national monument designation. #livemonumental
Dear President Obama, Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Jewell,
With strong national support and encouragement, you have begun the curation of your Public Lands legacy. From the national monument designations of Brown’s Canyon, the San Gabriel Mountains and Mojave Trails to a wilderness designation for Boulder-White Clouds, you have generated constituent consensus across the United States for the protection of our public lands for their recreational, ecological and historical values.
The desire to protect the places we all play is evident across the country. We encourage you to continue to act as a visionary for public lands and Americans who enjoy them through the designation of Gold Butte, Birthplace of Rivers and Owyhee Canyonlands as national monuments. These incredible places are an instrumental part of America’s natural and cultural heritage, contribute to regional economies across the United States, and are celebrated and shared resources that Americans enjoy through numerous outdoor recreation activities. The protection afforded through the national monument designation of these places will contribute to the legacy of our country’s public lands and ensure these incredible landscapes remain a proud definition of America.
Gold Butte, Southern Nevada
Just over an hour outside of the Las Vegas Strip waits the hidden gem of the Southwest—the 350,000 acre region of Gold Butte. Its historical significance to this country far surpasses that of its Las Vegas neighbor. For over 3,000 years Native Americans flourished in the Gold Butte area, which is evident by the endless artifacts, rock shelters with blackened roofs, and ancient writings dotting the landscape. Gold Butte’s recreation opportunities are endless, and its tourism opportunities positively impact nearby rural communities like Mesquite, Nevada.
Birthplace of Rivers, West Virginia
High in the Yew Mountains of the Monongahela National Forest six rivers are spawned, connecting a network of communities downstream. This historic intersection of humanity and nature is home to a tightly packed complex of West Virginia’s most iconic and ecologically significant features: the most dramatic vistas, tallest waterfalls and cleanest waterways. Its center is the Cranberry Wilderness, the largest federally designated wilderness area in the Eastern United States. Six rivers are spawned in this area, connecting a network of communities downstream and some of the most important whitewater in the United States.
Owyhee Canyonlands, Southeastern Oregon
This treasured landscape is the largest conservation opportunity left in the lower 48 states—its area twice the size of Yellowstone, our nation’s oldest park. This untouched stretch of the American West is awe-inspiring, featuring sheer 1,000-foot desert canyons, 186 miles of designated Wild & Scenic Rivers, incredible red-rock formations, and rich wildlife, including our nation’s largest herd of California bighorn sheep as well as mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope. The vast rolling sagebrush hills serve as one of the last strongholds for the greater sage-grouse, a species already imperiled due to dwindling habitat. Its recreational opportunities are endless, and the solitude and inspiration afforded to visitors is priceless.
Designating these places as national monuments would create lasting change. Please ensure Gold Butte, Birthplace of Rivers and Owyhee Canyonlands are protected for their recreational, inspirational, economic, cultural and historical values for generations of Americans to come.