National public lands are an integral part of the fabric of western communities and a major driver of local economies. Many western mountain towns are the gateway to public lands, the access point for the public to enjoy and recreate in these open spaces. Public lands help western mountain gateway communities to diversify economically while increasing quality of life and recreational opportunities. This in turn makes those communities more attractive to new residents, investments, entrepreneurs and small businesses.
The Antiquities Act is an important tool for protecting public lands that drive local economies in the Intermountain West. Through national monument designations, Congress or the President can act to protect and enhance the American public lands system. Attempts to weaken the Antiquities Act and rescind or reduce national monuments are a threat to our American heritage.
An attack on the Antiquities Act is an attack on all American public lands and the communities and economies that rely on them.