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Filter feeding organisms on the ocean floor in the Pacific Remote Islands National Monument, a large set of marine territory surrounding islands in the Pacific originally protected by President Bush and enlarged by President Obama.

Here’s a feast for the eyes: An underwater view of National Park of American Samoa. Located some 2,600 miles southwest of Hawai'i, this is one of the most remote national parks in the United States. It includes sections of three islands – Tutuila, Ta'ū, and Ofu – and about 4,000 acres is underwater, offshore from all three islands. This photo was taken at the Ofu unit, which has a shallow protected reef with a great diversity of coral cover fish. Photo by National Park Service.

Rafting is a popular way to experience Dinosaur National Monument’s remote canyons. From origins high in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the Green and Yampa Rivers wind their way past steep canyon walls and across sagebrush-covered plains. Some stretches are calm and peaceful, others promise the thrill of swift rapids. All offer amazing views and fun outdoor adventures. Photo by Alan Nyiri, National Park Service volunteer.

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The scarlet-banded barbet (Capito wallacei) is a species of bird in the Capitonidae family.
Discovered in 1996 and formally described in 2000, the scarlet-banded barbet is endemic to humid highland forest growing on a ridgetop known as Peak 1538 in the remote Cordillera Azul National Park in south-western Loreto, Peru (mistakenly listed as being in Ucayali, Peru, in its formal description). While it remains fairly common, its range is tiny and the total population has been estimated at less than 1000 individuals.

Comprised of 4 million acres in southwest Alaska, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is one of the nation’s most remote national parks. Winter conditions add more challenges to those wanting to explore this gorgeous and diverse landscape, but as you can see, the backcountry scenes are worth the cold. Photo of Tanalian Falls by James Walton, National Park Service.

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Trump To Sign Executive Order That Could Shrink National Monuments
The Interior Secretary says, under the policy, his department will review protective designations since 1996 of 100,000 acres or more, particularly their size.

Oh hell no.  NO no no no no no no.

Monuments under threat:

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, proclaimed by President Clinton in 1996. (1.7 million acres).

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (1 million acres).

Giant Sequoia National Monument in California, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (327,769 acres).

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (279,568 acres).

Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (194,450 acres).

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (175,160 acres).

Ironwood Forest National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (128,917 acres).

Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (486,149 acres).

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (377,346 acres).

Carrizo Plain National Monument in California, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (204,107 acres).

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by President George W. Bush in 2006 and expanded by President Barack Obama in 2016, (89.6 million acres).

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in California, Hawaii and Alaska, proclaimed by Bush in 2008 (4 million acres).

Marianas Trench Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 (60.9 million acres).

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 and enlarged by Obama in 2014. (55.6 million acres).

Rose Atoll Marine National Monument in American Samoa, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 (8.6 million acres).

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico, proclaimed by Obama in 2013. (242,555 acres).

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico, proclaimed by Obama in 2014 (496,330 acres).

Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada, proclaimed by Obama in 2015 (703,585 acres).

Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2015 (330,780 acres).

Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (3.1 million acres).

Mojave Trails National Monument in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (1.6 million acres).

Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (1.4 million acres).

Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (296,937 acres).

Sand to Snow National Monument in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (154,000 acres).

(stats from USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/26/24-national-monuments-threatened-trumps-executive-order/100925418/)

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What are you seeing here? From the Center for Biological Diversity:

Earlier this summer researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration discovered an alien-like landscape of glass sponges at a depth of 7,700 feet, near Hawaii in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. One researcher equated the experience with finding life on another planet. Sadly, the monument is under attack by the Trump administration as part of a “review” of national monuments.

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Award winning travel photography by ©Simon Morris (aka BurnBlue)

  • Lone Wolf - Mean Plains: Eagle hunter Ardak, with his golden eagle in the Altai region of Western Mongolia in the winter. 
  • Camera: Nikon D700 - Focal length: 31mm - ISO: 400 - F stop: f/5 - Shutter speed: 1/1000

Kazakhs living in Mongoia continue to hunt with eagles today.  Their falconry custom, so-call ‘horse-riding eagle falconry’, is unique in practice only with trained Golden Eagle on horseback.  Their hunting target is almost limited to Red Fox or Corsac Fox.  In the first week of October, 70 eagle hunters gather for the annual Golden Eagle Festival of Mongolia.  They use eagles to hunt foxes and hare during the cold winter months when it is easier to see the gold colored foxes against the snow [1]

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The Garlean Empire controls the majority of the northern and eastern regions of the enormous landmass of the three continents—of which Eorzea is a part. Until some fifty years ago, Garlemald was a small, remote nation which held little more than a fraction of the northlands. But with the revolutionary advancements in technology and dramatic restructuring of the military ushered in by an ambitious commanding Legatus who later ascended to the seat of Emperor, Garlemald soon established itself as one of the most formidable forces in all of Hydaelyn.”

Travis Walton, The Walton Experience (1978)

Travis Walton was an Arizona brush-cutter who claimed to have been abducted by a flying saucer in a remote area of a national forest. Walton disappeared for five days then reappeared many miles from where he was last seen.

Initially, Walton had no recollection of his missing time. Under hypnosis, he recalled encountering classic gray aliens on the craft, seeing a saucer hangar, and being calmed then sedated by human-like saucer occupants.

The one about John Boy, Grandpa, and Mary Beth is The Waltons Experience.

Olympic National Park | 35mm Film washed in the laundry

A few days spent backpacking through some remote wilderness in Olympic National Park. We nearly lost our lives that evening after hitting snowfields in the north Quinault, crossing glaciers and bushwacking down the entire ridgeline in the dead of night. It was a true experience of the wild, threatening beauty that is the Northwest. I’ll carry those scars for a while.

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Today, President Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to a total protected area of 582,578 square miles – making it the largest marine protected area on Earth. Part of the most remote island archipelago on Earth, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument supports a reef ecosystem with more than 7,000 marine species and is home to many species of coral, fish, birds and marine mammals. This includes the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, the endangered leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles. Top and bottom photos courtesy of James Watt, middle photo by Lindsey Kramer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Hyperion: World’s Tallest Known Living Tree

Hyperion is the name of a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in Northern California that was measured at 115.61 metres (379.3 ft), which ranks it as the world’s tallest known living tree. Despite its great height, Hyperion is not the largest known coast redwood; that distinction belongs to the Del Norte Titan. Hyperion was discovered August 25, 2006 by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. The tree was verified as standing 115.55 metres (379.1 ft) tall by Stephen Sillett. The tree was found in a remote area of Redwood National and State Parks purchased in 1978. The exact location of the tree has not been revealed to the public for fear that human traffic would upset the ecosystem the tree inhabits. The tree is estimated to contain 18,600 cubic feet (530 m3) of wood, and to be roughly 700–800 years old. (Source)

Western Australia remote Aboriginal community closures

If these 150 communities are shut down, the effects of these forced dispossessions will be disastrous. We will see an increase in poor mental health, incarceration rates, homelessness and drug and alcohol abuse. Indigenous leaders have spoken out against these closures and all have voiced the same concerns; if you remove someone from their country, their ancestral lands, you take away that person’s cultural identity. 

Article 10 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states:

“Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.

Article 8 highlights the dangers of removing people.
1. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.
2. States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for:
(a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities;
(b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources;
© Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights;
(d) Any form of forced assimilation or integration;
(e) Any form of propaganda designed to promote or incite
racial or ethnic discrimination directed against them.”

How can the Australian government so blatantly ignore the rights of First Nations peoples? This colonial state already abuses the rights of refugees and asylum seekers on onshore and offshore detention centers and it certainly won’t stop here with First Nations peoples. 

These community closures cannot go ahead. This is assimilation and an attempt to deny Indigenous peoples their cultural rights and obligations. 

The WA government and the Abbott government will be partaking in genocide by closing these communities. Living on one’s traditional land is not a “lifestyle choice”, it is living on one’s own ancestral lands as a cultured, sovereign and First Nations person.

This is not simply a matter of removing a people from a place they know and call home, it’s a matter of people having nowhere to go once they are removed. It’s a matter of loosing cultural and language because there will be no schools the children can go to so that they can learn their mother tongue and be immersed in their culture. This is a matter and life and death, literally.