Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Ironwood Forest National Monument

Today I continue my series on all 129 U.S. National Monuments. This is in follow up to my series that featured open access photos of all of the U.S. National Parks. In the coming years, I will highlight open access images all of the U.S. National Monuments in alphabetical order.

Today's featured monument is Ironwood Forest National Monument in Arizona. This is one of the monuments that was under review for delisting as per executive order by the former president. Following the photos is a list of U.S. National Monuments previously featured on this blog.

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Previous On the Brink posts on the U.S. National Monuments

Admiralty Island National Monument
African Burial Ground National Monument
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Agua Fria National Monument
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
Aniakchak National Monument
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Bandelier National Monument
Basin and Range National Monument
Bears Ears National Monument
Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument
Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument
Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument
Booker T. Washington National Monument
Browns Canyon National Monument
Buck Island Reef National Monument
Cabrillo National Monument
California Coastal National Monument
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
Cape Krusenstern National Monument
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Carrizo Plain National Monument
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Cascade Siskiyou National Monument
Castillo de San Marco National Monument
Castle Clinton National Monument
Castle Mountains National Monument
Cedar Breaks National Monument
César E. Chávez National Monument
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument
Chimney Rock National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument
Colorado National Monument
Craters of the Moon National Monument
Devils Postpile National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Effigy Mounds National Monument
El Malpais National Monument
El Morro National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Fort Frederica National Monument
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Fort McHenry National Monument
Fort Monroe National Monument
Fort Ord National Monument
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Fort Stanwix National Monument
Fort Union National Monument
Fossil Butte National Monument
Freedom Riders National Monument
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
George Washington Carver National Monument
Giant Sequoia National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Gold Butte National Monument
Governors Island National Monument

Monday, October 11, 2021

A Playlist of Thirty Day Sustainability Challenge Videos from the August/September

It has been a very busy start to the semester for me so the blogging has been a little light as of late. However, I wanted to share all of the videos from the last 30 Day Challenge in case any of you want to catch up or give the challenge a shot. The next challenge will begin in November and will be a holiday version of the 30 Day Challenge focused on sustainability during one of the most challenging times of year for maintaining focus on our own personal sustainability goals. Stay tuned for that event. For now, enjoy the playlist of all of the challenge videos in the playlist below. You can also find the individual videos on my YouTube page here.


Sunday, October 10, 2021

Three National Monument Declarations Restored

News broke last week that President Biden restored three national monument declarations. First, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments were restored to their original size and second, the environmental protections for Northeast Canyons and Seamount Marine National Monument were restored. You can read about the protections here on this article here from The Guardian. 

Bears Ears National Monument.
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The protection of the first set of national monuments was a big win for environmental activists and Indigenous peoples in the region. These monuments hold significant meaning in Native American spirituality. In addition, the monuments hold important historic and prehistoric sites that deserve protection.

The Northeast Canyons and Seamount Marine National Monument issue is a fascinating one. First of all, it was controversial in that it was the first national monument in The Atlantic in prime fishing areas. The formation of the monument by President Obama forced a reduction of fishing and crab and lobster production in the protected areas. Of course, various fisheries groups sued in district court in Washington D.C. and claimed that President Obama did not have the authority to create a national monument in open water. The fisheries groups lost the lawsuits in local courts and the local ruling was validated upon appeal. The Supreme Court decided not to take the case which meant that President Obama, and future presidents, retain the right to declare national monuments in offshore waters.

When President Trump took office, he retained the size of the national monument but changed the rules so that commercial fishing would be allowed in the area. The main reason that the monument was created was to protect a range of species within the unique ecosystems present in the seamounts and canyons of the offshore area. President Biden restored the fishing rules enacted by President Obama.

As my long-time readers know, I am in the midst of a series on public images of all of the national monuments. I have not gotten to Northeast Canyons and Seamount National Monument yet, but you can see my posts on the other two monuments below.

Bears Ears National Monument
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument