Thursday, 12 December, 2019

National monuments: Stand up for them

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The area known as Bears Ears near Blanding Utah was designated a national monument by President Barack Obama Reagan Frey Getty Images The area known as Bears Ears near Blanding Utah was designated a national monument by President Barack Obama
Kelley Robertson | 11 May, 2017, 07:49

This, his successor said, was an abuse of the law which eliminated the ability of people in these states to decide how best to use the land.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order mandating the review of two dozen national monuments designated by his predecessors over the past 20 years.

Native American leaders and climate activists are anxious about the move, having fought for years to gain monument designations for lands across the country in order to protect them from the fossil fuel industry.

Republicans in the state said it was an egregious abuse of executive power and have asked Trump to take the unusual step of reversing the designation, arguing it will stymie growth by closing the area to new commercial and energy development.

In Colorado, that means three national monuments could have federal protections removed or possibly lose some acreage to state control for mining, oil and gas drilling or other extractive uses: Browns Canyon near Salida (designated in 2015), Chimney Rock near Pagosa Springs (designated in 2012), and Canyons of the Ancients near Cortez (designated in 2000).

In keeping with the administration's interest in using executive orders to keep campaign promises as Trump nears his 100th day in office on Saturday, the Interior Secretary said the review is, "Another example of the president doing exactly what he's said in his campaign promises".

The act has let presidents designate national monuments on federally owned or controlled land.

"Establishing and increasing national monuments is vital to our nation's well being", he said and added the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust had plans to contact Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) "to confirm what is included in Trump's proposed deletion of our nation's existing national monument system". The designation angered many Congressional Republicans.

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Speaking to DH in his home country , he said: "My year has been frustrating, but, at the same time, I've continued to progress and learn".

It directs the Department of Interior to examine all lands designated as national monuments since 1996. Each invoked the Antiquities Act of 1906, which was signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt.

"I am not going to predispose what the outcome is going to be", Zinke said. A report is expected within 45 days, focusing on the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah enacted by Obama past year, with the full report due in 120 days.

"It is untested, as you know, whether the president can do that", Zinke said.

"Our many national monuments really are one of the things that make America great, and we need to keep them that way", said Sharon Buccino, director of the Land and Wildlife Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Bears Ears National Monument in Utah is also on the list.

National Monuments can be declared by presidents and do not have oversight by the legislature.

"The monument is now a vital and thriving part of our region's identity", Thompson said in a press release.

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