Alarming disrespect for America's public lands: Trump administration "review" of national monuments

Jul 10, 2017

Ford Ord National Monument. 

Bob Wick, BLM
Statement by Jamie Williams, president, The Wilderness Society on National Monument review by Trump administration:

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. The order demands that the Department of the Interior review monuments created by the Antiquities Act—by both Democratic and Republican presidents—since 1996. The public comment period for that order closes today, July 10.

Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, issued the following statement:

“The Trump administration and Secretary Zinke have shown an alarming disrespect for America’s shared public lands and cultural resources, which must be handed down to future generations healthy and intact. The purported ‘review’ of national monuments and the rhetoric surrounding its announcement is yet another means to hand these lands over to the oil, gas, mining and logging industries under the false pretense that they will create millions of jobs.

“More than 2.3 million comments have flooded into the Department of the Interior in support of leaving America’s national monuments as they are. A truly fair review – based on the facts and overwhelming public opinion –would conclude that every one of these monuments must remain intact to protect our shared American heritage.  In particular, we hope that the administration will abandon Secretary Zinke’s recommendation to revoke portions of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, which provides protection to sites and artifacts that are sacred to the five tribal nations that requested monument status for that area.”

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The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than one million members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands. 

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