For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 

Virginia Cramer, 804-519-8449,

Sierra Club Praises National Monument Designations

WASHINGTON - President Obama Thursday is expected to designate three new national monuments-- Pullman Historic Site in Illinois, birthplace of the first African-American union in America; Honouliuli Internment Camp in Hawai'i, the largest prisoner-of-war camp and longest-used World War II internment camp in Hawai'i; and Browns Canyon in Colorado, a premier trout fishing and outdoor recreation destination.

In expectation, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune issued the following statement.

"We applaud President Obama for taking steps to expand our nation's outdoor heritage by ensuring our  public lands and national monuments tell the full story of the country's rich cultural and natural history.


Get our best delivered to your inbox.

"These monuments embody the span of historic, cultural, and natural wonders that make up our nation's outdoor legacy.  President Obama's action is both recognition of their importance and assurance that they will remain as places of remembrance, historic contributions, and inspiration for our children.  

"It's heartening to see President Obama once again help local communities protect valuable pieces of America. We look forward to more progress in making America's public lands better serve the diversity and interests of the American people."


This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Won't Exist.

Please select a donation method:

The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

Share This Article

More in: