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Birthplace of Rivers National Monument News - March 2017

posted Mar 6, 2017, 11:52 AM by Kathleen Tyner

WV Groups Launch West Virginians for Public Lands

WV organizations working for the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument have formed West Virginians for Public Lands, a coalition to fight off looming attacks on public lands. We will partner with groups across the country to raise millions of voices for our public lands system. If we don’t work together, we could lose the lands we love and the funding to support them.

A new website for the effort is under construction. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

This Week’s Action: 2 Minutes for Public Lands

The Senate votes this week to revoke the Methane Waste Rule, which would reduce the amount of methane burned, flared, or leaked from oil and gas operations on public lands. The rule would save taxpayers millions and reduce pollution. It affects leases on ALL federal lands — including in West Virginia.

Legislation revoking the rule already has passed the House. We need Senators Manchin and Capito to vote against revoking the Methane Rule. There are untapped leases in The Mon; this matters.

Here’s what you can do. Post on the Facebook pages of Senator Manchin and Senator Capito, asking them to stand up for West Virginians and keep the Methane Rule. Call Sen. Manchin’s Charleston office at 304-342-5855, and Sen. Capito’s office at 304-347-5372. Ask them to vote against revoking the Methane Rule.

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Young Advocates Rally for Public Lands

A group of young public lands advocates is hosting a Rally for Public Lands on the steps of the WV Capitol Building March 18 — and everyone is invited. Come out and show your support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Antiquities Act, and keeping our public lands in public hands. Learn more here.

Senate Bill Would Gut Antiquities Act
Katahdin Woods and Water National Monument in Maine.

Senator Capito co-sponsored a bill to take away presidential authority to proclaim national monuments, a tool used by nearly every president over the last 100 years. The bill also states that Congress can establish national monuments only with approval from the state legislature and local governments where the proposed monument is located.

Remember, national monuments are created only on existing federal land. And national monuments belong to ALL Americans. That’s why we need to keep the Antiquities Act the way it is now — so that they can be created by the president or Congress.

National Monuments on Chopping Block?

Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

Newly confirmed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will likely travel to Utah to consider revoking Bears Ears National Monument or significantly reducing its boundaries. Revoking a national monument would set a terrible precedent that puts all monuments at risk. We strongly oppose these efforts. Stay tuned! Learn more about the Bears Ears National Monument.