The following statement was released by Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s comments today that he will recommend to the Trump Administration alterations to national monuments across the United States:
The following statement was released by Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, in the wake of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s failure to release any specific recommendations regarding President Trump’s order to “review” lands protected as national monuments.
On April 26, President Trump signed an executive order that calls into question the validity of America’s parks and national monuments, focusing specifically on removing protections for Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.
President Obama acted on the urging of several Native American tribes and their supporters by designating national monuments in Nevada and Utah. This action followed years of public demand for better protections and the growing threats from looting, vandalism and theft.