Cascade-Siskiyou Monument could be downsized

by Eddie Scott September 20, 2017, 0:37
Cascade-Siskiyou Monument could be downsized

That includes the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument - the first marine monument established in the Atlantic. We will continue to fight for its protection until an official announcement is made that the Carrizo Plain is no longer under review.

Oregon's sprawling national monument covers 112,000 acres along the California border.

The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in Taos County could also undergo management changes if the White House adopts Zinke's recommendations. The Washington Post published a leaked copy online Sunday night.

And, reflecting the Trump administration's reflexive pro-industry bent, he will recommend that the ten sites permit now restricted activities like hunting, grazing, and "active timber management".

Katahdin can be seen from an outlook on the Katahdin Loop Road in the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

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"The Trump Administration does not comment on leaked documents, especially internal drafts which are still under review by the President and relevant agencies", White House spokeswoman Kelly Love told the Post.

Zinke explained that the Antiquities Act under which President Obama designated the monuments, requires that the smallest area compatible with protecting the cultural, historic or unique objects within be included. On the same grounds, it is unlikely that a president can change the proclamation of a monument that fails to protect the "objects" safeguarded by the monument designation. The Supreme Court found that Roosevelt had not overstepped. "This could mean they will try to impact the management plan of the San Gabriel Mountains monument, which is concerning", he said on Monday.

The Grand Staircase-Escalante monument has areas that "contain an estimated several billion tons of coal and large oil deposits", Zinke's report said, suggesting that it could be opened to energy production if Trump makes a reduction in the footprint of the monument. But the act doesn't explicitly let the president rescind those protections. At the time, news reports indicated Zinke had been considering reducing Bears Ears to 160,000 acres from its current 1.35 million acres. The monument is just under 114,000 acres.

Trump characterised the monuments created by Obama as an "egregious abuse of power". "Discussion of where various uses should occur within the monument should take place in that context".

A memo from Zinke to the president justifying his recommendation that the boundaries of the monument, which lies mostly in OR and crosses over into California, be "revised" says motor vehicles aren't allowed in it.

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Aside from their size, Zinke found other faults with the creation of the 10 monuments.

National monument designations add protections for lands revered for their natural beauty and historical significance with the goal of preserving them for future generations.

Environmentalists said fishing within the monuments could harm the ecosystems and limit their ability to replenish tuna and other fish stocks. The Pacific monuments were set up by President George W. Bush and expanded by Obama. The suit is now on hold until Trump's review is finalised. Pacific Remote Islands National Monument, Pacific Ocean 10. WELC is defending the monument expansion from three timber industry lawsuits that are stayed (on pause) until after the review and any subsequent government action. Something that many loggers in the area are hopeful for. This year, more than 200 scientists signed a letter to Sec. "Opening them up to fishing is like spending away the principal of their investment account".

Located in southeast Utah, the Bears Ears region is home to tens of thousands of archaeological sites. "This memo is not a coherent basis for serious public land use decisionmaking". The area also includes land sacred to Native American tribes. "Now that we finally have achieved that, we want to keep the designation as it is".

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