Ryan Zinke Recommends Trump Change 10 National Monuments


Both Bear's Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah were among 27 national monuments Trump ordered Zinke to review in April, including the Upper Missouri River Breaks in Montana. Much of the additional land is on private property, while some is on land previously designated for timber production, Zinke said.

Zinke declined to specify how many acres he wants to remove from monument status, stressing that the administration is working with Nevada's governor and congressional delegation to find a solution.

Zinke shot back, calling that "nefarious, false and a lie".

The retailer Patagonia replaced its usual homepage Monday night with a stark declaration: "The President Stole Your Land". Trump asked Zinke to review the status of almost 30 national monuments in April.

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A third lawsuit has been filed challenging President Donald Trump's decision to significantly shrink two national monuments in Utah.

Trump said he was reversing federal overreach by drastically cutting the sprawling monuments named by Democratic presidents.

An alliance of environmental groups sued earlier Monday to block the action on Grand Staircase.

Zinke's final report recommends boundary revisions to the Cascade- Siskiyou National Monument - which stretches across southern OR and northern California - and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada.

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Republican Rep. Chris Stewart says his legislation would create a modest national park at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument that's about 156 square miles (404 square kilometers). Former President Bill Clinton designated 52,000 acres as the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in 2000 - and Obama expanded it by almost 48,000 acres in 2017.

The Blackfeet tribal council opposes creating a new national monument unless they are allowed to co-manage the area. The move was a high-profile protest over Utah leaders' insistence on getting the Bears Ears designation rescinded and trying to take more control of federal lands. Environmentalists and American Indian tribes quickly filed suit, arguing the Antiquities Act does not give the president power to reduce previously declared monuments.

Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch says only Congress has the ability to downsize a monument.

Hundreds of protesters surrounded the President's visit to Salt Lake Monday, with conservation groups and tribes immediately threatening legal action. There is now no timber harvesting on the monument lands other than for maintenance or to maintain scenic views.

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