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Patagonia slams Trump for rescinding national land

On Wednesday, Patagonia president and CEO Rose Marcario issued a blistering statement to the public and to President Trump, addressing his “hypocritical move, [in which] the Trump administration took unprecedented steps that could result in the removal of protections for treasured public lands.”

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According to the statement, after joining the outdoor industry in “celebrating the economic power of outdoor recreation,” Trump took an about face, issuing an executive order, that according to USA Today, calls “into question the future of more than two dozen national monuments proclaimed by the last three presidents to set aside millions of acres from development.”

Among the monuments threatened by the executive order are the Bears Ears National Monument, which Obama designated as a National Monument just before ending his second term as President.

Trail Running in Bears Ears National Monument. Photo: Courtesy of Patagonia

Known as the golden standard of political activism in the outdoor and action sports industries, Patagonia and its leadership wasted no time in addressing the moves of the Trump administration. The full statement is below, and also available here:

Less than 24 hours after joining with our industry to celebrate the economic power of outdoor recreation, in a hypocritical move, the Trump administration took unprecedented steps that could result in the removal of protections for treasured public lands. We take this as a sign that Trump and his team prefer to cater to fossil fuel interests and state land grabs for unsustainable development, rather than preserve a vital part of our nation's heritage for future generations by protecting federal lands owned by every citizen.

Our National Monuments were established after extensive public input because they provide unique and irreplaceable cultural, ecological, economic and recreational value worth protecting for our children and our grandchildren. As stewards of America's federal public lands, the Trump administration has an obligation to protect these most special wild places. Unfortunately, it seems clear they intend to do the opposite.

A president does not have the authority to rescind a National Monument. An attempt to change the boundaries ignores the review process of cultural and historical characteristics and the public input. We're watching the Trump administration's actions very closely and preparing to take every step necessary, including legal action, to defend our most treasured public landscapes from coast to coast.

I urge everyone who loves America's public lands and supports the continued protection of National Monuments to contact their members of Congress and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to express outrage at the Trump administration's efforts to roll back National Monument protections. Make sure your voice is heard by making phone calls, showing up at town hall meetings and visiting legislators' offices in the coming days and weeks.

Following what can mildly be described as a contentious bid for the presidency and beginning of his term, we already have seen the outdoor industry, environmental groups, and the Trump administration clash over what is deemed ethical environmental protection and sustainability.

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