Friday, April 28, 2017

Trump's order puts at least 24 national monuments at risk of losing federally protected status

President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order tasking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke with reviewing national monuments created since Jan. 1, 1996 that are at least 100,000 acres, reports the Los Angeles Times. "These monuments were set aside as public land under the 1906 Antiquities Act, which gives presidents the power to limit use of public land for historic, cultural, scientific or other reasons." (Times graphic)
Trump's order puts at least 24 national monuments "at risk of losing their federally protected status," Gregory Korte reports for USA Today. "The executive order also allows for a review of sites smaller than 100,000 acres 'where the Secretary determines that the designation or expansion was made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders'." All 24 national monuments were created by former Presidents Obama, Clinton and George W. Bush.

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