Tags: Donald Trump | Trump Administration | ryan zinke | interior | secretary | national monuments

Interior Sec Zinke Wants Trump to Shrink 2 More National Monuments

Image: Interior Sec Zinke Wants Trump to Shrink 2 More National Monuments
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 December 2017 09:23 PM

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending President Donald Trump shrink two more national monuments in the West.

A day after Trump signed proclamations reducing the size of two Utah national monuments — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante — Zinke on Tuesday recommended Nevada's Gold Butte and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou national monuments be shrunk as well, the Washington Examiner reported.

He did not elaborate on how much land should be trimmed.

Former President Barack Obama created the 296,937-acre Gold Butte in 2016. Former President Bill Clinton designated 52,000 acres as the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in 2000 — and Obama expanded it by nearly 48,000 acres in 2017.

Zinke also is recommending Trump change management plans for six more monuments, allowing for additional grazing, ranching, fishing, hunting, and other activities, the Examiner reported.

The administration and congressional Republicans argue previous presidents abused their authority under the Antiquities Act to unilaterally declare national monuments, setting aside larger and larger swaths of public land, limiting development opportunities and stifling local control.

A coalition of the Hopi, Ute Indian, Ute Mountain Ute, Zuni tribes, and Navajo Nation sued late Monday to challenge the Bears Ears reduction, The Guardian reported. Two lawsuits have been filed to try to block the Grand Staircase decision, the outlet reported.

"The Wilderness Society has already filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's efforts to gut Grand Staircase-Escalante," the Wilderness Society said on its blog.

"We will be suing to defend Bears Ears shortly. You can expect challenges to future monument cuts as well."

The retailer Patagonia replaced its usual homepage Monday night with a stark declaration: "The President Stole Your Land."

© 2018 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Politics
A day after Trump signed proclamations reducing the size of two Utah national monuments, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended Nevada's Gold Butte and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou national monuments be shrunk as well, the Washington Examiner reported.
ryan zinke, interior, secretary, national monuments
268
2017-23-05
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 09:23 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved