At least two dozen national monuments are at risk of losing their federally protected status as a result of President Trump’s executive order asking for an unprecedented review of their designations.

Seven are in California, including Giant Sequoia National Monument, which encompasses Sequoia National Park. As Californians, we cannot allow this president who seems to hold nothing we value as important destroy our forests. First, he came after healthcare. Second, Trump targeted Muslims with his travel ban, and after a slew of destabilizing executive orders over his first 100 days in office, he has laid his sights on the trees of California. No way. Is there nothing off-limits to this reprehensible administration?

WE CALIFORNIANS ARE THE PROUD TREE HUGGERS

The phrase tree hugger was invented to describe Californian activist who’s efforts were to save trees. Our Sequoias are the oldest and largest trees in the world. On September 25, 1890, our government declared the Sequoias a National Monument. Who is Donald Trump, to change this designation and tell us what to do with our forests?

This is a reprehensible and despicable action aimed at providing the logging and oil industry access to public lands for the sake of profits. We have to head this off with massive action now. Please call your representative and let him know that the giant sequoias of Sequoia National Park are off limits. There will be no there will be no logging, no oil drilling and no compromise on this issue.

Call your Member of Congress:
US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121

Due to climate change, giant sequoias already face challenges in the environment they have never experienced. We do not need to exacerbate their difficulties with logging and oil drilling.

General Sherman is a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California. By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth. General Sherman is estimated to be 2300 to 2700 years old, meaning it was alive 300 to 700 years before Jesus was born. A real treasure.

Trump believes that some national monument designations may “create barriers to achieving energy independence. Seven national monuments in California that are threatened under his review are Giant Sequoia, Berryessa Snow Mountain, Carrizo Plain, Sand to Snow, San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains and Mojave Trails. This is just an assault on public lands, with the ultimate goal being to open the land up for oil and gas drilling.

Any attempt to reverse or shrink a monument designation by the executive branch is unlawful under the Antiquities Act. Only Congress has the authority to modify a national monument. As far as we are concerned, Donald Trump just declared war on California. We will defend every last sequoia.

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