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Trump To Initiate ‘Long Overdue’ Review Of Potential Antiquities Act Abuses

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This is not only long overdue, it is much needed, undoing some of the damage Obama did: “Republicans say the Obama administration largely ignored local opposition to national monuments, instead paying attention to D.C.-based environmental groups who want more land made off-limits to development.”

“Trump To Initiate ‘Long Overdue’ Review Of Potential Antiquities Act Abuses,” by Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, April 25, 2017:

President Donald Trump will order the Department of the Interior to review about 30 national monuments that have been designated over the last 20 years.

Trump’s executive order asks officials to “review prior monument designations and suggest legislative changes or modifications to the monuments,” Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters in a conference call Tuesday evening, adding that such a review was “long overdue.”

Zinke said monuments designated in the past 20 years have grown bigger and out of line with what the authors of the Antiquities Act intended. Zinke added large monument designations can hurt jobs and economic activity, especially if local voices are left out of the process.

“The average size of the monuments over the past few years has increased,” Zinke said, adding that designations have gone from a few hundred acres to millions of acres of land. The Antiquities Act says designations should use the “smallest area compatible with proper care and management” of the monument.

“Some of these areas were put off limits to traditional uses,” like logging and ranching, Zinke said.

Interior will review monuments that are 100,000 acres or more and will provide a recommendation to Trump in 120 days on which monuments should be rescinded or modified.

“This is an enormous responsibility. I have to make recommendations that are appropriate, that follow the law,” Zinke said.

The review will stretch from the designation of the Grand Escalante Staircase in 1996 under former President Bill Clinton to the Bears Ears monument former President Barack Obama created shortly before leaving office in 2016.

Bears Ears faced stiff resistance from Utah lawmakers and some San Juan County residents, and federal GOP lawmakers have asked Trump to rescind the more than 1.3-million-acre monument. No president has ever reversed a monument designation.

“We’re happy to see an administration finally taking action to resolve the many abuses of the Antiquities Act.” Molly Block, a spokeswoman for Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Bishop chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources and has urged Trump to rescind what he sees as Obama’s abuse of the Antiquities Act. He singled out monuments Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine and Bears Ears.

In both cases, Bishop said the Obama administration ignored local concerns about land use and economic activity — ranching, logging, drilling and mining, for example — in communities surrounding monuments.

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch also condemned Bears Ears and other monuments Obama created. The former president designated more than 290 million acres of federal land and water for stricter protection under the Antiquities Act.

Republicans say the Obama administration largely ignored local opposition to national monuments, instead paying attention to D.C.-based environmental groups who want more land made off-limits to development.

“That’s why the president is asking for a review of the monuments,” Zinke said, promising local engagement in the review process.

“When you designate a monument, the local community affected should have a voice,” Zinke said. “The loggers, the fisherman, those areas that are affected should have a voice.”…

  • AlgorithmicAnalyst

    The re-designations under the previous admin were obviously leftist politics, like the re-designation of Squaw Rock in California, to Frog Woman Mountain, in 2011. The locals had no say.

  • JWM

    Donald, get to what you said you would do!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mahou Shoujo

    While you’re at it, designate every mosque a historical disgrace as it is a monument to slavery, misogyny and hatred. Then allow for their destruction by a simple show of hands at a public meeting.

    • AlgorithmicAnalyst

      lol, that made me laugh. We really should have some designated “Historical Disgrace” monuments :)

      • Mahou Shoujo

        Very true, with mosques and democrat islamic prayer rooms topping the list.

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  • David Earl-Graef

    This is a big bag of worms. I suspect that what is at the bottom of this is that since petro-dollars will soon be a thing of the past the international money lenders ( The Federal Reserve ) wanted collateral for the loans and this is what Obama gave them. Our land.

  • Drew the Infidel

    As I have said before on this site and to all my friends, Trump’s function is much like that of a college football coach going into a new situation with a destitute program. The first order of business will be to strip away all the negative and losing attributes before he can install the winning traits. I answered one of his Tweets yesterday with the same note of encouragement.

  • Ichabod Crain

    Reserving land for the use and pleasure of all is communism. Yes – let’s break up our wildness areas so a handful of rich Republicans can buy up the land for their estates.

    • bayoucastine

      Crain – and no rich democrats want any of that land. Right?

  • Sunshine Kid

    According to the Constitution of the United States, the government owns a grand total of ten square miles known as Washington, DC. Who gave it permission to own millions of acres? Those lands belong to the states, not the federal government.

  • solange9

    Soon, we will be wall to wall chain stores and restaurants, condos and concrete. No, we need our national monuments to stay pristine. “They paved Paradise and put up a parking lot. Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” Oh, and, also, the pipeline company in N. Dakota has already had at least two spills. So, yeah, no more. We need to take care of what we’ve already got before destroying more of nature. Just remember, as a warning, that, in the end, nature prevails.

  • solange9

    I just want to know what is going on with the immigration ban, We haven’t heard a word about it lately, and we need it to happen, like yesterday.

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