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Final report on national monuments review officially released


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On Dec. 5, Ryan Zinke, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, officially released the final report detailing his department’s review of certain national monuments under the Antiquities Act. The memorandum to the President was initially leaked to the press in September; the report’s official release came the day after President Trump accepted two of the recommendations — reducing the size Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument both in Utah. The final report also recommends reducing Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon and California and Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada. Secretary Zinke also recommended establishing three new national monuments — the Badger II Medicine Area in Montana, Camp Nelson in Kentucky, and the Medger Evers Home in Mississippi. The report also recommends management changes to ten monuments, naming inadequate coordination with the sportsmen community during the designation of the monuments as cause for the changes. The report frequently recommends that monument management plans should be “revised to protect objects as well as prioritize public access; infrastructure upgrades, repair, and maintenance; traditional use; tribal cultural use; and hunting and fishing rights.” In the report, Sec. Zinke recommends the ongoing review of monuments so that these priorities can be further [...]

 

Read more: http://wildlife.org/final-report-on-national-monuments-review-officially-released/

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