National monuments' land to be shrunk, angering conservation groups

National monuments' land to be shrunk, angering conservation groups

Thursday is the due date for the Trump Administration's national monument review, but it's unclear when the public will get to see Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's full slate of recommendations.

Following his review of the national monuments, Zinke announced that he was recommending to Trump that none of the monuments lose their designations.

Arguments about federal overreach in the Obama and Clinton eras - which oversaw the creation of many new national monuments - were sometimes meekly given by government officials, the primary reason that eliminations were expected were opportunistic economic ones. Republican lawmakers have particularly accused President Obama, who designated more monuments than any other president, of abusing the Antiquities Act to protect land and water. This is something environmental groups and conservationists have feared could happen if the boundaries on national monuments are altered.

Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, told NewsHour that the oil and natural gas industry has not been greatly affected by monument designations so far.

"President Trump has received Secretary Zinke's draft report for the Antiquities Act, and is now reviewing his recommendations to determine the best path forward for the American people", the official said.

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"There's an expectation we need to look out 100 years from now to keep the public land experience alive in this country", the secretary told the Associated Press.

"I strongly support President Trump's order to review the largest national monuments designated over the past two decades", Murkowski said after the review began in April. Since that time, Zinke has recommended no changes be made to Sand and Snow National Monument or to five monuments in other states. If President Donald Trump decides to act on Zinke's recommendations, that will nearly surely lead to litigation.

Zinke conducted an unprecedented four-month review fueled by the belief that the century-old Antiquities Act had been misused by past presidents to create oversized monuments that hinder energy development, grazing and recreational uses.

Zinke's summary said the comments he received about the review were "overwhelmingly in favor of maintaining existing monuments". "This narrative is false and has no basis in fact".

The Antiquities Act of 1906 grants the nation's chief executive the authority to create monuments but includes no provisions for eliminating such declarations by previous presidents.

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Senator Heinrich is holding a press conference this afternoon at REI in Albuquerque as a final push about the importance of our public lands.

A tribal coalition strongly opposes any changes to the Bears Ears land, however, and state Rep. Mike Noel (R.) has pushed to fully rescind the designation as a monument.

Zinke tells the AP that criticisms are unwarranted and that conservationists anxious that the administration wants to sell off the land removed from the monuments to timber, grazing and mining interests are overreacting.

Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, called Zinke's review a pretext for "selling out our public lands and waters" to the oil industry and others. He also spoke of protecting tribal interests.

Zinke's department's recommendations are expected to be delivered to the president on August 24.

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Many times, presidents reduced monuments slightly, such as when Franklin Roosevelt removed about 52 acres from Arizona's Wupatki National Monument in 1941 to make way for a dam. "No President has ever abolished or revoked a national monument proclamation, so the existence or scope of any such authority has not been tested in courts", legislative attorney Alexandra M. Wyatt wrote in a paper about National Monuments released by Congressional Research Service in 2016.

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