Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Patagonia Blacks Out Homepage, Calls on Consumers to Protect Public Lands

Patagonia Blacks Out Homepage, Calls on Consumers to Protect Public Lands

Outdoor clothing retailer Patagonia plans to sue the Trump administration in response to the president's announcement Monday that he would dramatically reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah.

Audio will be available later today.

"Americans have overwhelmingly spoken out against the Trump Administration's unprecedented attempt to shut down our national monuments", Patagonia President and CEO Rose Marcario said in a statement, according to AdAge. But Native American and environmental protection groups fear removing federal protections paves the way for environmentally destructive corporate activities on land of archaeological significance.

But the wilderness groups say Trump needs to bone up on the Antiquities Act. "We've fought to protect these places since we were founded and now we'll continue that fight in the courts".

Also Monday, another lawsuit filed by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) challenges the proclamation that takes away about 85 percent of the Bears Ears National Monument, also in Utah.

The reasoning behind the move is to designate as protected "the smallest area compatible with the protection of the objects of scientific or historic interest", and the proclamation also opens the newly public lands to "disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing; and location, entry, and patent under the mining laws".

REI also disagreed with the move, noting that the decision would deplete the US outdoor industry's economic growth.

The outdoor retailer has been opposing the Trump administration's public lands policies since the transfer of power from Barack Obama's presidency in January. No president has ever revoked and replaced a national monument before because it is not legal to do so.

Trump's order reduces the size of the iconic Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, where numerous dinosaur fossils have been found.

In July, the Outdoor Industry Association also announced that Outdoor Retailer, one of the largest outdoor trade shows in the US, will move its location to Denver next year. "I have seen these impacts myself - and as an American, I am ashamed we have let this happen". "Public lands will once again be for public use because we know that people who are free to use their land and enjoy their land are the people most determined to conserve their land".

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