National Parks Conservation Association

What’s a national monument?

The 1906 Antiquities Act, enacted under President Theodore Roosevelt, empowers the president to declare as national monuments any landmarks, structures and other “objects of historic or scientific interest” on land owned or controlled by the federal government. (National Park Service photo)U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending boundary revisions for some national monuments but no eliminations. President Donald Trump ordered…

Record visitations at national parks generate billions of dollars in 2016

(National Park Service)WASHINGTON – National park visitation generated $34.9 billion for the U.S. economy in 2016, a $2.9 billion increase from 2015, and supported 318,000 jobs, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced today. The 2016 National Park Visitor Spending Effects report is available here. “A record-breaking 331 million visitors came to parks like the Grand Canyon and Gettysburg in 2016…