The time is right for national monument designation.
President Biden now has the opportunity to protect nearly 1 million acres of federal land in California by designating or expanding existing national monuments. Here’s why that is so exciting:
- Tribal leadership: Tribes across the state are leading powerful efforts to designate places like Molok Luyuk and Sáttítla, also known as Medicine Lake Highlands, creating much-needed opportunities for Tribal management of culturally significant public lands.
- Biodiversity: All four of California’s current national monument campaigns would significantly raise the level of conservation protection for rare plants, sensitive natural communities, water sources, and the animals that depend on them.
- 30×30: If the State were to save nearly 1 million acres, it would leapfrog California’s goal to conserve 30% of its lands and coastal waters by 2030. Today, California must protect more than 5 million new acres to reach its goal.
- Your right to enjoy nature: Everyone deserves access to high quality public lands. With campaigns reaching from the desert and urban areas all the way to far Northern California, California’s national monument campaigns would create more places for people to find solace and joy in the natural world.