Griffin: House Passes Bill Ensuring Local Input in President’s Monument Designations

Mar 26, 2014 Issues: Environment

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02), co-chair of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus, issued the following statement after the House passed the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act (H.R. 1459):

“Preserving America’s public lands and national heritage for future generations’ enjoyment is important, and this bill ensures it will be accomplished in partnership with local residents and officials, landowners and recreationists. Their input is critical in the process of designating new national monuments, which should never be used to cut off access as part of a radical environmental agenda not supported by most Americans.”

H.R. 1459 would amend the Antiquities Act of 1906, requiring the President to conduct a review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when designating new monuments larger than 5,000 acres. It also limits new designations to one per state per a President’s four-year term and protects private property rights by requiring the informed written consent of a property owner before their land is included in a monument designation.

H.R. 1459 is supported by the American Motorcyclist Association, the Motorcycle Industry Council, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, the Off-Road Business Association, the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, and the American Farm Bureau Federation.