The Associated Press is reporting the Department of Interior’s review of the Antiquities Act of 1906 will result in the shrinking, not elimination, of some contested national monuments. As to which monuments will be impacted, that has yet to be determined:
BREAKING: US Interior secretary tells AP he's recommending changes to a 'handful' of national monuments but none to be eliminated.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 24, 2017
Per the AP, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke–after announcing a thorough review of the Antiquities Act earlier this year — is recommending that none of 27 national wildness or ocean monuments under review be eliminated. But he said several of the contentious monuments will shrink in size. Here’s more from AP:
Zinke told The Associated Press that unspecified boundary adjustments for some monuments designated over the past four decades will be included in the recommendations he planned to give President Donald Trump on Thursday. None of the sites would revert to new ownership, he said, while public access for uses such as hunting, fishing or grazing would be maintained or restored.
Why shouldn’t citizens have a say over the designation of national monuments in their backyards? Big government coming in and usurping lands with minimal to no public input–which they ultimately forbid hunting, fishing, and hiking on–should anger true conservationists. How can lands be public if the public is refused a voice ? Zinke recognizes the problem with preservation and has instead ushered in a return to true conservation.
Before the fear mongering starts to set in, let’s see what Secretary Ryan Zinke comes up with. He’s not going to sell off all public lands for oil and gas exploration. He’s not going to abuse his privileges. He’s actually offering to be transparent–a key facet absent in his predecessors. To keep public lands truly public, allowing input from those who’ll be impacted by such national monument designations is important. I welcome the improvement and modernization of the Antiquities Act of 1906 and hope you will too.
Perhaps a good compromise to be approved by all? That could likely be the case. We shall see which monuments will be affected–as Bears Ears National Monument should be on the receiving end of this recommendation after President Obama’s last minute illegal move to designate the area as a national monument late last year.
We will continue to follow updates on the public lands debate here at The Resurgent.