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Sample Letter: Designate or Expand California’s National Monuments!

The following is a sample letter to help guide your own letter to the White House asking President Biden to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to expand or create three national monuments in California.


When writing your personalized letter, ask yourself what national monuments mean to you personally and your community as a whole—even if you’re not from California!  Also, please remember that our system also AUTOMATICALLY adds a salutation and closing, so you do not need to include those in your letter.


I strongly urge you to do everything in your power—including use of the Antiquities Act—to protect America’s most precious places and honor the calls of Tribal Nations and local communities looking to preserve sites of invaluable cultural heritage and ecological importance. You can do this by designating or expanding the following sites in California as national monuments:

• Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument—Molok Luyuk expansion
• San Gabriel Mountains National Monument expansion
• Chuckwalla National Monument

These three particular natural and cultural sites hold the ongoing and often untold stories of underrepresented and historically marginalized communities in the United States. By designating them, their permanent protection will ensure that the stories and experiences built in these places can be told and felt for generations to come. In addition, the creation or expansion of these national monuments will be an important step in your administration’s vitally important America the Beautiful for All initiative (aka “30×30”) to help address climate change and protect our public lands and waters for future generations of Americans.

As a member of a larger community of people with a shared love of the outdoors and our wild public lands and waters, please designate and expand these vital sites as national monuments without delay.

Thank you for your continued efforts to protect and preserve our remaining wild places and cultural history.