Wilderness Society condemns attack on Ironwood Forest National Monument

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Ironwood Forest National Monument

Congress is set to vote on a Department of the Interior funding bill amendment that would block the agency from carrying out its duty to properly manage and protect priceless cultural and natural resources within the Ironwood Forest National Monument in Arizona.

The proposal from Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz) is an insult to the millions of Americans who sent comments to the DOI in support of maintaining and protecting our national monuments. Amendment #63 - also known as the “Monument Mining Amendment” - is clearly aimed at opening one of Arizona’s national treasures to mining and development special interests. Congress should reject this proposal and stand with the American people, protecting beloved wild places like Ironwood Forest National Monument for current and future generations.

The following statement is from Mike Quigley, Arizona State Director at The Wilderness Society:

“Local organizations, sportsmen, conservationists, and archaeologists, the Tohono O’odham Nation, and the Pima County Board of Supervisors have all rallied to support Ironwood Forest National Monument. These southern Arizonans recognize that the monument is important to the local economy and valued for providing protection to Native American rock art and archaeological sites that are thousands of years old, as well as critical wildlife habitat and native plants including ironwood trees nearly 800 years old. It is outrageous that Congressman Gosar, who does not represent the region, would launch this attack on such a cherished place.”

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