A monumental effort on the Pacific coast
By Trust for Public Land
Published March 13, 2015

A monumental effort on the Pacific coast

Ever heard of the Antiquities Act? It may sound like something straight out of a Mummy sequel, but it’s actually the century-old law that grants the U.S. president the ability to declare national monuments—today, an eclectic collection of protected places that includes American icons from Mt. St. Helens to the Statue of Liberty. 

Now, there’s another monumental effort underway in California. The proposed Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument would include portions of the Coast Dairies property, protected with help from The Trust for Public Land. The open bluffs, dense forests, and windy grasslands draw visitors from across the country to experience the beauty of the west coast. We think it more than qualifies as a national treasure. 

Locals agree. More than a thousand people turned up at a rally for monument designation last month, including former secretary of the interior Bruce Babbitt. “Half the town was there,” he told reporters. “It seemed to me an excellent statement of community support.”

As a friend of The Trust for Public Land, you’re helping to protect the natural and cultural resources of the national monuments across the country—from the Colonel Charles Young house in Ohio, to the quarries of Pipestone National Monument in Minnesota and spectacular views of the Rio Grande Del Norte in New Mexico. Wherever you are, you can lend your voice to the latest effort by signing the petition. With your help, Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument can be more than a name in the sand.

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