Interior secretary says Katahdin monument will create 'healthy forest,' recreation space

Zinke backs shrinking more national monuments, shifting management of others

Zinke backs shrinking more national monuments, shifting management of others

Designated for government protection less than a year ago, Gold Butte National Monument could shrink in size significantly at the recommendation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Local environmental organizations are anxious about what President Donald Trump's decision on national monuments in Utah means for Montana's public lands. "This is an example of a special interest", he told reporters.

"President Trump's unprecedented decision undermines a century of precedent under President Theodore Roosevelt's Antiquities Act and clearly demonstrates his continued inability to serve as a moral leader of our country", she declared. Dean Heller. "I was proud to work with Secretary Zinke to prioritize local concerns over the opinion of Washington bureaucrats, and I'm pleased with his recommendation to the White House".

"It should have been the other way around", he said.

While these practices often go on even after a presidential designation, Zinke said he wants to make that legality clear because ranchers have felt marginalized and fear they will face future restrictions. He said he was shocked by the news. Timber management is an issue, and we need to make sure we're actively managing our lands.

Zinke backs shrinking more national monuments, shifting management of others
Interior secretary says Katahdin monument will create 'healthy forest,' recreation space

The Trump administration is facing lawsuits based on a recent order to shrink Bears Ears by 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante by nearly 46 percent.

"Public lands are for public use, and I believe that communities that border public lands, like those in the Virgin Valley, deserve to have their voices heard in land management decisions", Zinke said on Tuesday. "Sound public policy is not based on threats of lawsuit, it's doing what's right".

However, Zinke said he believes public use is important, and the nation's lands are "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people".

Bishop and members of the Utah congressional delegation have introduced legislation that would create a new national park out of a portion of Grand Staircase-Escalante, to be called Escalante Canyons National Park.

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