Antiquities Act an important tool

Thumbs down to Congressman Bill Shuster for voting to dismantle the Antiquities Act by voting for HR 1549.

This bill would severely weaken the ability of the president to protect important natural and cultural treasures.

The Antiquities Act of 1906 is one of the most important tools available for the preservation of public federal lands and historical sites for all Americans to enjoy. The law is essential to maintaining the integrity of critical natural and cultural resources.

For over 100 years, the Antiquities Act has been used as a bi-partisan conservation tool.

With the exception of the Organic Act of 1916, no law has had more influence over the development of the modern National Park System and our other public lands than the Antiquities Act.

Rep. Shuster has done us a disservice by voting to dismantle this important conservation law.

Stan Kotala, M.D.