US Interior Secretary Urges Size Cuts to More National Monuments

Trump Wants to Drastically Shrink These National Monuments

Sunset Arch rises from a sagebrush and slickrock flat in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. "To see that happen a week ago, with disparaging remarks, and now this".

Another lawsuit from three groups including the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology makes similar claims.

Native American tribes and conservation groups are mounting legal challenges, even as the administration turns its focus to possibly shrinking half a dozen more in other states.

The Colorado River winds around the northern reaches of the proposed Bear Ears National Monument, with Canyonlands National Park in the background, viewed from Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah on November 12, 2016.

"As soon as Trump takes action, our organization.along with many others will quickly bring them to court", he said.

"Americans have overwhelmingly spoken out against the Trump Administration's unprecedented attempt to shut down our national monuments", Patagonia President and CEO Rose Marcario said in a statement, according to AdAge.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday reiterated his support for a "made in Maine" solution that keeps intact the boundaries of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

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Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, is expected to introduce legislation after Trump's announcement to carry out the cuts, a House aide said.

Among the fossil finds from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, paleontologists have identified dinosaurs not previously known to have inhabited this region, as well as several new species.

Lucas St. Clair, whose family donated the land, said he remained optimistic that the president would retain the property for future generations.

Meanwhile, Trump supporters gathered at a courthouse in Monticello, Utah.

Zinke accompanied Trump aboard Air Force One, as did Utah's Republican U.S. Sens. President Trump says there's been "a massive federal land grab" which has taken away state's rights. He said the decision would "give back your voice". They say Monday's action will open the public land to mining and drilling.

Patagonia has campaigned against Trump on the issue of national monuments. The most recent instance came in 1963, when President John F. Kennedy slightly downsized Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. The law also states, however, that presidents should only choose the smallest amount of land possible, NPR reported.

"It's not surprising that the Trump administration moved to sell out our national monuments". His plan would allow logging at a newly designated monument in ME and more grazing, hunting and fishing at two sites in New Mexico.

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