President Trump has directed Secretary Ryan Zinke at the Department of the Interior to review all national monument designations on federal public land since 1996 that are 100,000 acres or more in size. According to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post September 19, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created under the last 3 administrations, shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, and three marine monuments. Zinke submitted recommendations to the President in late August, but the full report has not yet been released to the public. Zinke recommends Trump reduce Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, Nevada’s Gold Butte, and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou but does not specify exact reductions for the protected areas. The two marine national monuments mentioned in the leaked memo are the Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll near Samoa. A third monument mentioned is the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts in the Atlantic, established by President Obama in 2016. The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument consists of Wake, Baker, Howland, and Jarvis Islands, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, and Palmyra Atoll which lie to the south and west of Hawaii. These islands host some of the most abundant and diverse marine life in US waters and many endangered species not found elsewhere. This action could potentially impact over 1 billion acres of natural and cultural treasures on public lands and oceans that have been protected by presidents of both political parties, including the world's largest marine protected area.
Removing this protective status will place America's most loved natural and cultural areas at risk to logging, mining, oil exploration and fishing. Under the Act, only Congress has the clear authority to reduce or nullify a monument designation, not the president. Show your support for our National Monuments and maintain their current status established by the 3 past presidents to protect our natural and cultural heritage,
By signing The Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act, Trump authorizes Secretary Ryan Zinke at the Department of the Interior to review all national monument designations on federal public land since 1996 that are 100,000 acres or more in size. This Act could potentially impact over 1 billion acres of natural and cultural treasures on public lands and oceans that have been protected by presidents of both political parties.
This Act could place America's most loved protected areas at risk, including Grand Teton, Grand Canyon, Zion, Sequoia and Olympic national parks
Also at risk is the world's largest marine protected area, the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument established in 2006 under President GW Bush and expanded under President Obama. Other marine protected areas in US Pacific territories and off the Atlantic Coast are now under threat.
No president has repealed a Monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Under this Act, only Congress has the clear authority to reduce or nullify a monument designation, not the president. As a voter I urge you to deny any actions placing our National Monuments at risk of reduction or repeal.
Tell your representatives you treasure our national monuments and urge them to fight any effort to dismantle these iconic public lands.