Congress held hearing on bills related to National Monuments




On September 13, 2011, the Subcommittee on National Parks,
Forests and Public Lands, chaired by Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT), held a hearing on several bills, including H.R.
302
, H.R. 758, H.R.
817
, H.R. 845, H.R.
846
and H.R. 2147, related to National Monuments. These bills would
allow greater transparency and more input from states and Congress before the disposition
of any proclamations pursuant to the Antiquities Act of 1906. National Monument
areas could potentially prohibit off-highway riding in the affected areas.

To view an archived webcast of the hearing, click here.

Last year, there was an internal document from the U.S. Department of the Interior
that showed the Administration is possibly considering a recommendation to
unilaterally designate over 13 million acres of public and private lands in 11
western states as National Monument areas without any public debate. The
western states are Alaska, Arizona,
California, Colorado,
Montana, Nevada,
New Mexico, Oregon,
Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

In addition to possibly restricting access with National
Monument areas, the Administration continues to advocate the need for
additional Wilderness areas. As recently as September 7, the President
proclaimed the month of September as National Wilderness Month. To view the
proclamation, click here.

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) opposes any
unilateral executive declarations that do not allow full public debate on the
disposition of public lands. Indeed, each of these designations deserves to be
considered individually to allow time for thoughtful deliberation and input
from affected user groups, local and state elected officials and Congress
before any proclamations are made pursuant to the Antiquities Act. The AMA
urges its members to contact their Representative and request that they oppose
the Administration's efforts to designate areas as National Monuments without
congressional input.

The AMA and All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA) support
these bills and applaud Rep. Bishop for holding this hearing that promotes
greater access to our public lands.

The AMA and ATVA need you to contact your Representative now
to urge them to become a cosponsor to H.R. 302, H.R. 758, H.R. 817, H.R. 845,
H.R. 846 and H.R. 2147. Just follow the "Take Action" option to send
a pre-written e-mail directly to your Representative.