[Image Description] A view of land with a river surrounding mountains.

[Image Description] A view of land with a river surrounding mountains.

public lands initiative

Our public lands and waters are an American birthright and are the foundation of America’s $887 billion outdoor economy. President Trump signed an executive order in April that is a first step towards chopping up public lands and making them more vulnerable to development and mineral extraction. The executive order opens up 27 national monuments to the possibility of drilling, mining, and other private exploitation.

In December, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released a memo recommending reducing the boundaries of the national monuments under review. President Trump then announced the first two national monuments to be reduced: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah.

Thank you to the South Carolinians and 2.7 million others in the United States who submitted comments to Secretary Zinke. These comments were overwhelmingly in support of protecting and preserving the 27 national monuments under review.

Read Executive Director Ben Gregg's statement about Secretary Zinke's recent recommendations to reduce or eliminate ten national monuments.

For more information on our efforts:

  • Executive Director Ben Gregg published an op-ed in the Post and Courier about the act granting presidents the authority to designate national monuments.

  • Read our letter from sportsmen groups to the S.C. Congressional Delegation in support of public lands.

  • SCWF has signed on with 23 other National Wildlife Affiliates to remind the critical US House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands about the importance of keeping public lands in public hands. Here is a copy of the letter.

  • Read SCWF member Mark White's op-ed in the Post and Courier.

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