Trump to order review of national monuments

When Congress passed the Antiquities Act more than 100 years ago, the bill's lead sponsor - Rep. John Lacey of Iowa - called "evil" the very notion that the president would use the law to designate more than a few square miles of land.

The underwater canyons protected by the president cover almost 4 million acres across the Atlantic continental shelf break, "running from Heezen Canyon offshore New England to Norfolk Canyon offshore the Chesapeake Bay, " the Obama administration said at the time. The President is expected to issue another Executive Order tomorrow which will direct the Interior Department to review all of the existing national monuments with an eye toward potentially eliminating some of them or possibly transferring them to the National Park Service where appropriate.

Expanding offshore drilling into now-restricted areas in the Arctic and Atlantic would put vibrant ocean ecosystems at risk and harm businesses, including tourism, recreation and fishing, Cranor said.

Zinke said Tuesday in a briefing with reporters that he will make a recommendation on the contested parcel of land in 45 days and later provided Trump will a fuller report.

"This is an enormous responsibility". She says the monument is the best hope of stimulating the local economy.

According to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune, Donald Trump will order a review of national monument designations - which would include Stonewall Inn - as part of a wide look at a century-old law that allows presidents to set aside federal lands without congressional approval. Orrin Hatch, Republicans are urging Congress to withhold money for the national monument in response to the designation. "That out of many, we are one".

"That's why I'm committed to rolling back the egregious abuse of the Antiquities Act to serve far-left special interests", he added.

In response to the ongoing threats to gut this important presidential authority, the National Parks Conservation Association retained a legal analysis that determined the president "has no power unilaterally to abolish a national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906".

Monument supporters state that the order will result in a verification that the monument was created under proper use of the Antiquities Act.

Zinke said the broader aim of the order is to give states more input in the monument designation process, and "restore trust between local communities and Washington". "The loggers, the fisherman, those areas that are affected should have a voice". That the average size of monuments designations has increased over the years "should be worthy of notice", Zinke pointed out.

While Republicans in Utah and other states are keen to lift protections they see as too expansive and undermining economic opportunities, environmental groups and Native Americans are deeply opposed.

"Trump once claimed to follow the example of Teddy Roosevelt, but he has long since shown his true colors as an anti-conservationist", said Dan Hartinger, deputy director of parks and public lands defense at The Wilderness Society. "In signing this order, Trump is effectively saying that nothing is off the table, including the sacrifice of some of our most sacred parks and historic sites to pay back his fossil fuel-backed allies in Congress." .