Aug 1, 2020
Monuments to America’s Past: How presidents have used the Antiquities Act to protect and shape history
President Joe Biden has the opportunity to build on the legacy of Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama by designating national monuments that honor the stories of Black, Native American, and Latino people in the U.S.
Learn more about the history of cultural national monuments designated using the Antiquities Act as well as the proposed monuments President Biden could designate right now using the Act.Learn More
To reach the 30×30 goal, we must support the people and communities who are working tirelessly to protect places that matter.
That’s why the Center for Western Priorities created Road to 30: Postcards—a multimedia series telling the stories of everyday Americans and the places they want to conserve for future generations.
Enjoy stories of iconic places that deserve to be conserved, told in documentary style short films, podcast episodes, digital interactives, blogs, virtual panel discussions, and more.Learn More
Castner Range is a former military weapons testing site that is located at the base of the Franklin Mountain Range in northeast El Paso, Texas. The area is currently threatened by residential and commercial development, but advocates for creating a Castner Range National Monument want to change that. They say green space is important in a city like El Paso, which is one of the largest urban areas in the United States, and they hope the Range will be opened to the public one day.Learn More
A new digital interactive report analyzing public lands camping data reveals that summer use of reservable national public lands camping facilities has increased at least as rapidly as overall public lands visitation. The report examines trends across the country and provides interactive maps.Learn More
Building on previous analysis in 2019 of Western states’ legislative challenges and accomplishments related to public lands conservation, climate change, and responsible energy development, the Center for Western Priorities spoke with state-based conservation organizations to develop a legislative summary of the highlights and challenges for conservation from the 2021 legislative session.Learn More
Protecting America’s Iconic Places: How national monuments can conserve our natural heritage and 30% of our lands and waters
One of the many ways we can reach the 30×30 goal is through creating and expanding national monuments. National monuments demonstrate how we can turn the 30×30 principles into action, combining local conservation efforts with the resources necessary to manage and protect them. Check out five special places in the American West that could be America’s next national monument.Learn More