Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument would shrink under Trump administration plan

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument would shrink under Trump administration plan

Instead, the agency issued an eight-paragraph statement that contained no specifics about what the recommendations meant for the protected areas. The almost four-month process pitted those who have felt marginalized by federal actions over the past 20 years against backers who see the sites as bolstering tourism and recreation while safeguarding important relics, environments and species.

Interior released statements emphasizing Zinke's determination to allow public access for hunting and fishing, recreation, and traditional uses, plus a general reference to economic development.

The summary report includes no details on which national monuments are being recommended for boundary revisions. In that cheerful context, we praise Trump Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's reported decision to preserve those national monuments whose designations suddenly appeared in doubt.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump reduce the size of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Since that time, Zinke has recommended no changes be made to Sand and Snow National Monument or to five monuments in other states. "A proposal to strip protections from public lands should be made public immediately".

Along with Bears Ears, Zinke reportedly proposed reducing the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, also in southern Utah, and possibly two others. In 1963, John F. Kennedy removed 4,000 acres from existing Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico while also adding 3,000 acres, declaring the changes to be in the public interest.

Another Obama-era monument that has generated controversy is Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, whom the Bangor Daily News reports was argued over by environmentalists and manufacturers.

Timing for the public release of the recommendations has not been set.

An administration official told Fox News that Zinke is now "recommending a handful of revisions" to the boundaries to "protect public access, private property rights, cultural heritage and traditional use such as ranching and recreation". The AP reports that in the last century, presidents have reduced or redrawn the boundaries of monuments 18 times. It's also the first off the contiguous U.S, though the federal government manages four marine national monuments in the Pacific Ocean.

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The White House said Thursday that Trump received Zinke's suggestions and is reviewing them to determine his path forward.

"The unwise and unpopular choice to stop protecting these lands and waters will ravage pristine places, put wildlife in danger and jeopardize scientific and archeological history, including sacred Native American sites".

He anxious that the submerged canyons and mountains off Cape Cod - part of the Atlantic's first marine monument - would be radically altered if the administration allows the resumption of commercial fishing there, or substantially changes its boundaries.

Noel said he could "live with" only a rollback of Bears Ears' boundaries.

According to a summary of the report, Zinke found that over the decades the scope and reasoning behind the designations has changed and that some proclamations were "arbitrary or politically motivated".

But many western Republicans criticized large protected areas such as Bears Ears as a distortion of the law's original intent.

Bears Ears, established by Obama in the final months of his administration, encompasses more than 1.3 million acres, or 2,031 square miles, in central Utah, while Grand Staircase-Escalante takes in almost 1.9 million acres or 2,968 square miles. "That's 190,000 acres of land and water locked up for every day he was in office".

"The tourism benefits of the Carrizo to the communities of San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Santa Margarita, Taft, those are huge", Helete said, "those are massive benefits that simply would, for the most part, disappear if the Carrizo loses its monument status".