California man goes on a mission to keep national monuments open

When you really want something, you'll go to great lengths.  And that's exactly what one California man is doing.

The Department of the Interior is currently re-examining every national monument designated since 1996 that is at least 100-thousand acres in size.

Not okay, says Berkeley's Brent Rose.

"So that's left 27 national monuments in the cross hairs," Rose said.  "These are incredible places that are rich historically, and culturally, and biologically.  So there's a lot to lose here."

Rose is driving six thousand miles in three weeks, making videos at each monument for his project called 27 Monuments.

He's making the trip in the van he lives in, named Ashley, "aka 'The Beast'."

Also along for the ride is his dad, who he says got on board afraid his sleep-deprived son was going to fall asleep behind the wheel.

"it's pretty ridiculous pace," said Rose. "I'm driving 8 to 10 hours a day sometimes.  Shooting a video, editing it, and then getting to the next one."

But Rose's mission might also be a personal one for many here in Central California. One of the national monuments in jeopardy: Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Rose says we've already seen what happens when the land is not protected.

"We can see evidence of when they were logged in the late 1800's and early 1900's," he said.  "The biggest tree that we know of was already cut down.  It was cut down in the 40's."

So now Rose is driving across the country, hoping to drive people to the Department of the Interior's website.

A public comment period closes July 10th.  And Rose worries he's running out of time.

"This is part of our heritage," he said.  "These are public lands, and we don't want them sold for money."


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