America The Beautiful

         Do you remember the patriotic song “America the Beautiful?” If President Trump chooses to close the 27 national monuments, which he has targeted by executive order for oil, mining, and logging, we will start singing a new song? I don’t find any aesthetic beauty in oil wells sticking up all over the horizon, especially in the Bear Ears National Monument, Giant Sequoia National Park, Yellowstone, or Canyon of the Ancients Monument. These places attract millions of people a year to view the scenery and wildlife. They employ people and produce income. But you know that? Right? All of the 27 targeted monuments were created under the Antiquities Act.

         Some Sequoias are more than 3200 years old and have a height of 250 ft. Since we all know that trees produce oxygen. Have you ever imagined how much oxygen has been created I have a few figures to give you? The amount of oxygen a tree can produce depends on several factors. I want you to consider that the number and ways that they are presented depend on how oxygen is produced. These figures and ways depending on the species of a tree, its age, and its health.

           “You’ll hear a range of numbers and ways of presenting them because the amount of oxygen produced by a tree depends on the species of a tree, its age, its health, and on the tree’s surroundings. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, “a mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year.”

McAliney, Mike. Arguments for Land Conservation: Documentation and Information Sources for Land Resources Protection, Trust for Public Land, Sacramento, CA, December 1993:

“One acre of trees annually consumes the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent to that produced by driving an average car for 26,000 miles.”

       ” A 100-ft tree, an 18″ diameter at its base, produces 6,000 pounds of oxygen.”

        To me, the obvious reason for targeting this iconic park is that Trump and his fanatical followers are still pushing their climate change denial agenda.

Bears Ears National Monument 


         This is a place whose story came out of the Wild West. The monument was set aside to stop the pillaging of an area rich in Native American artifacts. Local Native Americans in 2009 came together to protect the spiritual and archaeological sites. Through seven years a coalition developed between five local tribes and local outdoor and environmental groups. The coalition formed the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition.

            President Barack Obama heard their cries for help. When the Utah delegation failed to resolve the situation, President Obama made the area a national monument. For me, this is just not another attack on the environment, it’s lazy thinking by lazy leaders that are more consumed by greed by progress and the safety of mankind.

Canyons of the Ancients Monument                                            

          This site has the largest concentration of archaeological sites in the country according to the Bureau of Land Management. The Bureau of Land Management and 26 local tribes manage the areas.
Just as on the previous monuments this is an assault by Trump and friends from oil and mining. It is also driving the youth of America to learn about other cultures that occupied our country.

I have mentioned three of twenty sites targeted by Trump via executive order. He has targeted destroying opportunities to learn other cultures, opportunities to honor other cultures. These sites produce jobs and money to the areas.

If you believe these, and Ironwood Forest, Vermillion Cliffs, Sonoran Desert, Grand Canyon-Parshant, Carrizo Plain, San Michael Mountains, Berryessa Snow Mountain, Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow Mountains, Craters of the Moon VI, Hansford Ranch, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Cascade-Siskiyou, Basin and Range, Gold Butte, Rio Grande del Norte, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, Upper Missouri River Breaks, and Katahdin Woods and Waters, are worth saving. Then please contact your representative, or senator, or the Secretary of Interior.                                      

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