In April President Trump instructed the Department of the Interior to review Gold Butte's monument designation. On Aug 24th, according to a leaked copy of his report, Secretary Zinke recommended erasing protections: shrinking the monument and allowing mining, logging and drilling in currently protected areas.
Established: December 28. 2016
What is Gold Butte Known For?"Extraordinary variety of diverse and irreplaceable scientific, historic, and prehistoric resources, including vital plant and wildlife habitat, significant geological formations, rare fossils, important sites from the history of Native Americans, and remnants of our Western mining and ranching heritage." (Proclamation)
Why is Gold Butte Threatened?Mining & drilling: In 2006, the US Geological Survey identified Gold Butte as having high potential for gold and copper mining, as well as oil and natural gas drilling. It is imperative that we protect ecologically and historically important areas like Gold Butte from development.
What can we do?We can challenge President Trump and Secretary Zinke's unprecedented move to potentially ERASE protections for Gold Butte. 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 Gold Butte protections remain in place.
We want to make sure Sen. Cortez Masto knows we agree with protecting Gold Butte 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 Gold Butte, how important it is to protect it.