Antiquities Act -- Recent

Part of: Antiquities Act -- Its History and Use

This collection contains some of the recent (up to 2011) documents related to debates, discussions, and research on the Antiquities and its use by presidents to establish or expand National Monuments.

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  • Theodore Roosevelt and the Antiquities Act of 1906: Timely Action and an Enduring Legacy (2011)
    DOCUMENT Full-Text Francis McManamon.

    The Antiquities Act of 1906 is among the most important of American conservation and preservation laws. It provides specifically for the preservation of archaeological, historical, and natural resources on public lands. It also provides the foundation of a century's worth of further developments in statutes, regulations, and policies for the conservation and preservation of archaeological, historical, and natural resources throughout the United States. Theodore Roosevelt, of course, was...

  • Controversy over Antiquities Act and National Monuments makes little sense (2010)
    DOCUMENT Full-Text Kevin Mack.

    Recently, some members of Congress have attempted to create controversy with an anonymous leak of an “Internal Draft — NOT FOR RELEASE” memo within the Department of Interior. The leaked memo contained a list of 14 areas in nine states that might be worthy of being designated as national monuments under the Antiquities Act. The memo clearly stated, “further evaluations should be completed prior to any final decision, including an assessment of public and Congressional support.” For those of us...

  • Letter to Obama - Protect Antiquities Act (2010)
    DOCUMENT Full-Text Jessica Verges. Barabara Dobson. Gregory A. Miller. Linea Sundstrom. Jon M. Shumaker. Delaine Spilsbury. Cathy Garrett. William H. Doelle. Erik M. Gantt. Deborah Gangloff. Delaine Spilsbury. Buford Crites. Nancy Hall. Cindy Shogan. Damon Dozier. Rebecca Wodder. C. Brian Rose. Jeff Williamson. Mike Painter. John Podesta. Carolyn Campbell. Brian O'Donnell. Rodger Schlickeisen. Glenda Simmons. Paul McFarland. Lahsha Brown. Pat Williams. Thomas Hulen. Kelly Burke. Rick Johnson. Tiernan Sittenfeld. Craig Sharpe. Thomas C. Kiernan. Adam Kolton. John C. Tull. Stephen Capra. Katherine Finley. Gary Werner. David Jenkins. Leonard Becker. Debbie Sease. Margaret W. Conkey. Dave Willis. Scott Groene. Andrew Fulks. John Horning. William B. Lees. Luther Propst. Kevin Bixby. Herbert D. Trossman. William H. Meadows. Bill James. Dennis Tighe. Patrick Shea. Patty Gerstenblith. Bob Witzeman. Mike Daulton. Richard Moe. Frances Beinecke. William Doleman. Brent Fenty. Adam Cramer. Susan Tixier. Lynsey Miller. Megan Graham. Melanie Emerson.

    On behalf of the following organizations and the millions of Americans that comprise our members nationwide, we write in support of the Antiquities Act. This law is a critical tool for the conservation and preservation of our nation's public lands and as such we encourage you to oppose any legislation to reduce your authority under the Antiquities Act and to appropriately utilize this tool to continue the long bipartisan practice of Presidents recognizing and protecting our rich natural and...

  • The Antiquities Act of 1906 and the Hidden Treasures of the American West (2008)
    DOCUMENT Full-Text The Wilderness Society.

    This is a two page overview of the Antiquities Act by the Wilderness Society.. Since Congress passed the Antiquities Act in 1906, presidents—Republicans and Democrats alike—have used the Act more than 100 times to preserve some of our most spectacular and historically important public lands. Although its title suggests a focus on archaeology (ruins, petroglyphs, etc.), the Antiquities Act gives the president the power to protect all forms of American history – natural, scientific, and...

  • Bush Eyes Unprecedented Conservation Program (2008)
    DOCUMENT Full-Text Michelle Norris. John Nielsen.

    This is the transcript from the radio program "All Things Considered". The broadcast discusses the possibility of George W. Bush using the Antiquities Act to protect ocean reserves. If the idea moves ahead, environmentalists say it would be one of the most significant ctions of conservation in U.S. history. And they say it could give President Bush what you might call a historic blue legacy.

  • The Antiquities Act: Protecting America's Natural Treasures (2006)
    DOCUMENT Full-Text The Wilderness Society.

    Rising 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River, Devils Tower casts shadows over the rolling hills, pine forests, and prairie grasses that comprise Devils Tower National Monument in northeastern Wyoming. Proclaimed a National Monument on September 24, 1906, by President Theodore Roosevelt, Devils Tower is our oldest National Monument and represents the first time the Antiquities Act of 1906 was used to preserve some of the remarkable resources found throughout the United States. Since the...

  • National Monument Issues (2002)
    DOCUMENT Full-Text Carol Hardy Vincent.

    Presidential creation of national monuments under the Antiquities Act of 1906 often has been contentious. Recent controversy has focused on President Clinton’s creation of 19 new monuments and expansion of 3 others. Issues have related to the size of the areas and types of resources protected, the inclusion of non-federal lands within monument boundaries, restrictions on land uses, and the manner in which the monuments were created. The Bush Administration is reviewing President Clinton’s...