In April, President Trump instructed the Department of Interior to review Basin and Range’s national monument designation. We believe Secretary Zinke recommended no changes to the monument, according to a leaked copy of his report, but the monument remains in limbo for now.
Established: July 10, 2015
What is Basin and Range Known for?
"The Basin and Range area of southeastern Nevada is an iconic American landscape. The area is one of the most undisturbed corners of the broader Great Basin region, which extends from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the west to the Colorado Plateau in the east. The pattern of basin, fault, and range that characterizes this region creates a dramatic topography that has inspired inhabitants for thousands of years." (Proclamation)
Why is Basin and Range Threatened?
- Nuclear waste: Lands protected by Basin and Range’s national monument status have been suggested as a route for transporting nuclear waste.
- Fracking and Oil drilling: Fossil fuel development companies have expressed interest in lands in and around Basin and Range. Drilling for oil will destroy fragile desert ecosystems, use scarce water resources, and introduce the risk of dangerous spills.
What can we do?We can challenge President Trump and Secretary Zinke's unprecedented move to potentially ERASE protections for Basin and Range. The legal case against The president is strong -- the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 affirmed that only Congress has the authority to modify national monuments. But in addition to lawsuits we need the Senators from Nevada to do all they can to make sure Basin and Range protections remain in place.
We want to make sure Sen. Cortez Masto knows we agree with protecting Basin and Range and challenge her to do even more to make sure harm does not come to the monument. We need to remind Sen. Heller, who does not support Basin and Range, how important it is to protect it.