05
December
2017
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09:56 PM
America/New_York

For Immediate Release

Zinke Report Threatens Further Attacks on National Monuments

Zinke Report Threatens Further Attacks on National Monuments

WASHINGTON ­– A day after President Trump announced devastating cuts to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released his final national monuments report to President Trump targeting at least eight more monuments for downsizing or reduced protections, including Gold Butte in Nevada and Cascade-Siskiyou in California and Oregon, and Rose Atoll and Pacific Remote Islands marine monuments in the Pacific Ocean.

Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark issued the following statement:

“The Trump administration continues to prioritize private interests and industry profits over our public lands and natural heritage. National monument lands and waters protect endangered species, migratory birds, clean water and fragile habitat, along with incredible cultural and historic values. It is shameful that President Trump and Secretary Zinke’s notion of stewarding our nation’s lands, waters and wildlife is to sell them out. We will fight any attempt to strip away protections for these vital places.”

 

Background:

  • Visit our National Monuments Reporter Resources page, with background information, comments, video, photos, past statements and blogs.

  • The Antiquities Act of 1906, the federal law that empowers the president to designate national monuments through public proclamation, marked its 111th anniversary in 2017. Presidents have carefully implemented this law over the decades to preserve environmental, scientific, historic and cultural values on public lands and waters for all Americans.

  • President Trump issued an executive order on April 26, 2017 calling for a “review” of certain national monuments designated or expanded since 1996. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke subsequently identified and reviewed 27 terrestrial and marine monuments in accordance with the president’s direction, and has now recommended downsizing or reducing protections for at least ten of them.

  • Nearly 3 million people submitted public comments on the review process over the summer, most of which opposed any action that diminishes our national monuments and marine national monuments.

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Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With nearly 1.2 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit Newsroom.Defenders.org and follow us on Twitter @DefendersNews.

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Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With nearly 1.2 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit Newsroom.Defenders.org and follow us on Twitter @DefendersNews.