California national monuments team Trump may scrap

Zinke says he will not eliminate any national monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended Thursday that President Trump alter some of the national monuments established by his immediate predecessors, a move expected to reshape federal land and water protections and certain to trigger major legal fights. President Barack Obama designated the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears previous year, less than a month before leaving office.

Bears Ears National Monument in Utah has been the primary focus of the debate.

Some federal land ownership critics hope President Donald Trump will overrule his Interior secretary's recommendation to maintain 27 national monuments and instead rescind the status of recently created national monuments.

"If there are recommendations that come down the pike that do anything more than keep the monuments as they are designated today, one would have to wonder where he actually got those recommendations, because it certainly wasn't from the American public", said Pamela Flick, California Representative with the Defenders of Wildlife.

Zinke told the Associated Press that he might recommend changes to the boundaries of some monuments carved out of wilderness and the ocean floor in a report he planned to give President Donald Trump on Thursday.

The ranchers also have voiced opposition to any new wilderness designations as minority farm and ranching groups continue to push the U.S. Department of Agriculture to address decades of discrimination and civil rights violations, particularly against Hispanic ranchers and land grant heirs in New Mexico. He did not specify which monuments he plans to recommend be scaled back.

While the particulars and the actual recommendations for each national monument Zinke is sending along to the White House have not been released, Zinke has stated in the AP story that he thinks at least a "handful" of national monuments should shrink.

Noel is among those who want economic activity like timber harvesting and mineral production on land where it is not now allowed because of monument rules.

"If President Trump attempts to carry out any recommendations to gut or shrink our national monuments, we will see him in court".

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Also in Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, established in 1996, may be up for size reduction from its current 1.88 million acres.

Cook wants to lop off a finger of the 346,177-acre monument located mostly in the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County.

Zinke visited New Mexico last month, meeting with stakeholders and the public.

Jacqueline Savitz, senior vice president of Oceana, which has been pushing for preservation of five marine monuments included in the review, said that simply saying "changes" are coming doesn't reveal any real information.

Environmental groups have been running advertisements statewide, and Attorney General Hector Balderas, a Democrat, has pledged his support for keeping the monuments intact.

New Mexico's other Democratic congressional leaders have also pushed for no changes. That's especially so, it says, when a president is correcting a predecessor's act that exceeded what a law intended - such as creating vast monuments when the Antiquities Act says they should consist of "the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected".

Supports of the monuments say the designations have helped to protect some of the state's most iconic landscapes and that tourism and economic development related to the sites are on the rise. Two-term Republican Gov. Susana Martinez said earlier this summer that she welcomed the review.

Now, days before Zinke is scheduled to deliver his final recommendations, on Aug 24., one thing-and only one thing-is clear: the American people decisively reject the parks review and favor the continued protection of natural and cultural landmarks.

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