Monument Miasma from Vague Zinke Memo

Interior chief urges shrinking 4 national monuments in West

In a 2011 report, a group of scientists said numerous region's species relied on habitat outside the monument's then-boundaries, where they faced threats from logging, grazing and development. A designation as a national monument prohibits mining and sets stringent protections for ecosystems on the site.

Although the details of Zinke's report to Trump did not become public until Sunday night, he was widely expected in ME to recommend changes to allow some timber harvesting within Katahdin Woods and Waters. The undated report consists of 19 pages compiled from photographs of a computer screen.

The White House told the Post it will not comment on leaked information.

Zinke also advised the president that the other 26 should remain monuments but urged Trump to shrink a handful of them, according the Associated Press.

The leaked report was submitted to the White House last month. Overlooked by Sec. Zinke is the fact that the monument designation does not disadvantage private lands in any way, and the BLM determined that much of the monument is not suitable for commercial timber harvest.

Matt Lee-Ashley, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank told the Journal that the recommendations amounted to the largest elimination of protections in U.S. History.

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A memorandum submitted by Zinke in August targeted four protected areas for having their land areas reduced, including Bears Ears in Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, Gold Butte in Nevada and Cascade-Siskiyou in OR, according to The Washington Post.

The elimination of vast portions of America's national monuments will deal a major blow to local economies and the multi-billion outdoor recreation economy that America's public lands and waters support.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has advocated that President Trump revamp 10national monuments generated by his instant forerunner including reducing the threshold of at least four western locations. However, legal scholars have pointed out that the President holds no such discretion, and that any unilateral action by the President to change national monuments would violate the law.

More than 2.8 million people wrote to Zinke and the Interior Department on this matter, almost all of them urging the administration to preserve protections for these iconic places.

The recommendations for the Rio Grande del Norte monument near the New Mexico-Colorado state line and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks monument along the southern border do call for making public access a priority as well as the pursuit of congressional authority to enable Native American tribes to help manage cultural areas within the boundaries. "Secretary Zinke has just sold out public lands and all the people who rely on them".

Suh emphasized NRDC's commitment to keeping these cherished lands and waters safe from destruction.

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Established Jan. 6, 2009, and enlarged September 25, 2014: The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument includes Wake, Baker, Howland and Jarvis islands; Johnston and Palmyra atolls; and Kingman Reef, which lie to the south and west of Hawaii.

Creating three new monuments that depend upon first developing "a standard for public input and process for monument designations in the future". We will vigorously oppose any attempts to weaken the Carrizo Plain management plan.

In July, O&C County Commissioners met with the Interior Secretary, along with U.S. Rep. Greg Walden.

State legislatures in Utah and Arizona have considered resolutions or legislation asking for modifications to existing monuments or to the Antiquities Act itself.

Zinke said the executive order creating Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument "should be amended, through the use of appropriate authority, including lawful exercise of the President's discretion ... to promote a healthy forest through active timber management", according to the summary, which the Washington Post published late Sunday.

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