The Antiquities Act
The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorizes the U.S. President to protect valuable public natural areas as park and conservation land by declaring them national monuments. HECHO believes that this is a vital, bi-partisan conservation tool that preserves places of key importance to Latino communities, and we will oppose any attempts to eliminate it, or otherwise restrict its use.
We celebrate the eight Republicans and eight Democrats over the past 100 years who have declared 142 national monuments; and commend President Obama for protecting the Cesar Chavez National Monument and the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in California, the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico, and Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado. These lands and waters are part of our Latino heritage, and are valued for their unique wildlife, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities, including fishing, hunting, camping, and hiking.
We acknowledge and appreciate the President’s engagement with local and state stakeholders in the public input process for designating new monuments, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Obama Administration as it considers additional monuments in the months to come.