State takes a stand on federal lands – California News

State takes a stand on federal lands – California News

Assembly Joint Resolution 15, calling on Washington, D.C., to protect California’s designated national monuments, cleared its final hurdle in Legislature on Thursday with a 27-8 vote in the Senate.

“The designation of national monuments is a uniquely American idea that celebrates and memorializes our nation’s historical, cultural, and natural heritage, helps define who we are as Californians and as a nation, and provides additional protections for public lands that are held in trust for all Americans and future generations,” the resolution states.

California is home to 22 national monuments, seven of which will be subject to federal review following an order from President Donald Trump.

The California Coastal National Monument, not among those up for review, has several sites in Humboldt County. Three were added in the waning days of the Obama Administration.

“These areas really are a national treasure,” former Trinidad mayor Julie Fulkerson said at the time.

AJR 15, co-authored by North Coast Assemblyman Jim Wood, urges Washington, D.C. to let the designations protecting the land stand.

“Designating and protecting public lands has been one of our country’s best tools in our fight to protect our environment,” said Wood in a statement released Friday. “One of the newest National Monuments, the Stornetta Point Arena Public Lands on the Mendocino Coast, was designated a national monument in 2014 after years of effort by the community and it would be a tragedy to have all of that hard work undone.”

AJR 15 is also strongly supported by the North Coast’s…

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