Protecting America's wild places, and the beauty, escape, clean water, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities they provide.
Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground
Among Our Wild America's top priorities are slowing the out-of-control development of the western coalfields, stopping oil drilling in America’s Arctic, and preventing the expansion of fracking for natural gas. In Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah, development of the Green River formation oil shale threatens public lands. In 2014, the Sierra Club successfully challenged oil shale development proposals on Utah state lands over concerns of groundwater contamination.
Permanent Protection for National Treasures
The Sierra Club Foundation supports campaigns that result in the creation of new national monuments. "National monument" is a presidential designation made under authority of the American Antiquities Act of 1906 that protects land for its archaeological, historical, cultural, or environmental value. National monuments are great for nearby communities, which often experience job and income growth after gaining a monument as a neighbor.
In October 2014, President Obama designated California's San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument. The designation permanently protects almost 350,000 acres of wild land just outside of Los Angeles. The San Gabriels provide one-third of Los Angeles County's drinking water and more than 70 percent of the open space for this park-poor region. The national monument designation follows years of work by Sierra Club as part of a vibrant and diverse network of community, business, political leaders and countless local residents.
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