Ryan Zinke Recommends Trump Change 10 National Monuments

  • Ryan Zinke Recommends Trump Change 10 National Monuments

Ryan Zinke Recommends Trump Change 10 National Monuments

After a controversial review of federal lands, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said definitively Tuesday that New Mexico's Rio Grande del Norte and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks monuments would not be reduced in size.

"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.

Monument supporters argue that issues related to public access and concerns about border security in southern New Mexico were addressed in the original proclamations. He said the designation was in recognition of the 1969 Stonewall riots triggered by a police raid on the bar that historians consider the starting point of the modern LGBT rights movement.

Oceana campaign director Lora Snyder said: "Secretary Zinke proposes to throw protections for three marine national monuments overboard and to allow commercial fishing to resume". He said that if land no longer falls within a monument boundary it will continue to be federal land and managed by whichever agency managed the land before designation.

Zinke said the more than 2.5 million public comments on his review "overwhelmingly" favored the monuments remain unchanged.

"There will of course be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement - but we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a place of greater understanding and co-operation", Trump said.

Defying dire, worldwide warnings, President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of USA and global policy and formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"The Department of Interior's decision is welcome news for Nevada as it allows the Valley Water District to access their water rights that were lost under the previous administration", said Republican Sen.

Trump announced Monday that he would reduce the acreage of Utah's Bears Ears National Monument by about 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante by almost half. Both are located in Utah.

Environmentalists and some Native Americans are crying foul - hysterically - and claiming that Trump's "unprecedented" actions are to benefit energy and mining companies.

Swift said a list was released by Zinke in May of the national monuments that he would review.

Heather Swift, the Interior Department's press secretary, and Alex Hinson, the department's deputy press secretary, each told the Blade on Tuesday that the fact that the Stonewall Monument was not mentioned in Zinke's report means it will not be changed or impacted by the president's executive order.

Trump's action drew immediate praise by some state officials and residents, who considered the designation of the two monuments by President Obama in 2016 and President Bill Clinton in 1996 respectively to be too massive in size.