Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument would shrink under Trump administration proposal
- Author: Delores Daniels Sep 21, 2017,
Sep 21, 2017, 0:13
The report recommends changes to ten of these protected landscapes.
"We will stand up for the almost three million people who urged the administration to protect these monuments-in court, if necessary", she said. "We stand up for the almost 3 million people who urged the administration to protect these monuments - in court, if necessary".
California environmentalists and numerous state's political leaders were alarmed when Berryess Snow Mountain along with five other national monuments located in California were first published as part of the list that Zinke was reviewing. The undated report consists of 19 pages compiled from photographs of a computer screen. "But it does bring into account why the Antiquities Act must be reformed so that it becomes logical.
"What is the goal of a marine monument if it is open to industrial fishing, drilling, and mining?" asks PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, pointing out that the memo was submitted a month ago but the White House refuses to comment because it is both "leaked" and still "under review".
Zinke recommended shrinking existing boundaries for four protected areas and two marine monuments.
Zinke said the recommended changes will enhance economic activity on the land.
Secretary Zinke was supposed to submit a final report on August 24th, and indeed, the memo contains the words "final report" in the subject line.
"The fact this was leaked is troubling and merits an immediate and thorough investigation", Bishop said in a statement to reporters Monday.
The Secretary of the Interior did recommend downsizing four monuments in the western United States, but the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument was not one of them. However, legal scholars have pointed out that the President holds no such discretion, and that any unilateral action by the President to change national monuments would violate the law.
The entire Utah congressional delegation objected tothe establishment ofBears Ears, designated just three weeks before President Obama left office on 1.3 million acres of Bureau of land Management and U.S. Forest Service land.
A national poll conducted last month found that only 17 percent of Americans believed the review should have even been conducted, while 75 percent overwhelmingly support continued protections for these monuments. Interior Secretary Zinke asked for the public's opinion, and he got it.
Suh emphasized NRDC's commitment to keeping these cherished lands and waters safe from destruction. The Resource Management Plan for the Carrizo Plain National Monument was completed in 2010 after a multi-year process that involved public meetings, formal comment periods, and input from various stakeholders. Fishermen on Georges Bank harvest species such as haddock and lobster that make up the lifeblood of the New England fishing industry.
Zinke's memo to Trump noted the Mesquite water district's "historic water rights".
Willis said that given scientific studies into the monument's expansion and numerous public hearings, "it would be sad if this quickie, error-filled report was used to diminish the monument's boundaries and protections".
Environmental groups, whale watch captains, recreational fishermen and others who pushed for the creation of the monument promised to continue fighting to protect it. Peter Shelley, senior counsel at the Conservation Law Foundation, said Trump doesn't have the authority to modify the monument, which Obama created under the Antiquities Act of 1906.
The Wilderness Society said the reported recommendations were "an unprecedented assault on our parks and public lands".