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Idaho has incredible public lands and waters, which protect beautiful places and contribute to the state’s $7.8 billion outdoor recreation economy. The Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve –   spanning 754,862 acres – preserves the culture and history of the area, protects the beautiful landscape, and provides economic benefits to local communities.

Although Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch signed a letter praising the Trump administration’s unprecedented review of national monuments, Representative Mike Simpson has spoken in support of national monuments. In his own letter to Secretary Zinke, Representative Simpson accurately wrote that the Craters of the Moon National Monument “adequately suits the diverse interests of Idahoans.”

President Calvin Coolidge first protected Craters of the Moon in 1924, and Congress and future presidents have since expanded the monument to safeguard the unique landscape. The most recent eruptions at the Craters of the Moon took place about 2,100 years ago and were likely witnessed by the Shoshone people – whose legend speaks of a serpent on a mountain who was angered by lightning and coiled around to squeeze the mountain until liquid rock flowed from the fissures as the mountain exploded.

Around the country, people are speaking out in support of Craters of the Moon – communities sent around 38,000 comments to Secretary Zinke specifically about the monument in Idaho. LCV and Conservation Voters of Idaho, along with partner organizations, helped turn in the millions of comments in support of America’s public lands. Ultimately, communities concerned about the monument review sent nearly 2.7 million comments to Secretary Zinke to keep public lands in public hands.

Secretary Zinke has since announced that Craters of the Moon National Monument and Reserve is no longer under review, but the Trump administration’s attack on public lands continues throughout the country.

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