Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah. 2016
President Bill Clinton designated this 1,880,461 acre area a national monument in 1996. Trump has promised to review the standing of national monuments that are at least 100,000 acres in size. Turning control of the land back over to the states would mean the states could sell the land off for development or resource extraction. Monument designation stopped a mining company from extracting an estimated 62 billion tons of coal from this area.
Alabama Hills, CA. 2017.
The Bureau of Land Management and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group care for this area with the goal of preserving the hills in as close as natural state as possible for the enjoyment of future generations. This area hosts numerous and varied types of recreation.
Grand Canyon. 2016
"The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled through-out the wide world... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children's children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see." Theodore Roosevelt, 1903.
Alabama Hills, CA. 2017
On May 24, 1969, the Bureau of Land Management dedicated nearly 30,000 acres of public land west of Lone Pine, CA, as the Alabama Hills Recreation Area. The intention is to preserve the Hills in as close a natural state as possible for the enjoyment of future generations.
Cottonwood Canyon, CA 2017
Death Valley, CA. 2017
President Herbert Hoover proclaimed a national monument in and around Death Valley on February 11, 1933. Creation of the monument resulted in a temporary closing of the lands to prospecting and mining. However, Death Valley was quickly reopened to mining by Congressional action in June of the same year. Open pit and strip mines scarred the landscape as international mining corporations bought claims in highly visible areas of the national monument. In 1976, Congress passed the Mining in the Parks Act, which closed Death Valley National Monument to the filing of new mining claims. On October 31, 1994, the monument was expanded by 1.3 million acres and re-designated as a national park.
The Oregon Dunes, 2015.
In 1972, 32,186 acres of dunes, forest, streams, and lakes were set aside as the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
Death Valley, CA. 2017
Utah Hoodoo. 2016.
Pumice fields in Willamette National Forest, OR. 2015.
Smith Rock State Park, OR. 2015.
Sparks Lake, OR. 2015.
Bog in Mendon Ponds, NY.
Falls in Oregon. 2015
Dunes at Dusk. Death Valley, CA
Juniper trees on the edge of the Grand Canyon. 2016