Tag Archives: National Monuments

Interior Secretary: No Oregon monument changes. But Trump has last word.

U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says he has no plans for additional changes to national monuments as recommended by his predecessor, Ryan Zinke. But Bernhardt says it’s ultimately up to President Donald Trump. In 2017, Trump shrank two sprawling Utah monuments — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante — at Zinke’s recommendation. Source: Interior Secretary: No […]
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One-sided monument reviews should not stand

Months after the Interior Department inadvertently released documents showing that its review of national monuments for possible downsizing was slanted toward extracting resources from the land, Democrats now in control of the House of Representatives are looking into that review. The attention is focused, appropriately, on the two monuments in Utah that President Donald Trump […]
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Trump’s national monument changes return to spotlight

As Democrats in Congress prepare to scrutinize President Donald Trump’s review of 27 national monuments, most of the recommendations made by ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke remain unfinished as other matters consume the White House. Trump acted quickly in December 2017 on Zinke’s recommendations to shrink two sprawling Utah monuments that had been criticized as federal government overreach […]
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Crater Lake, Mount Rainier national parks begin closing after government shutdown

The lapse in federal funding prompted Crater Lake to close its visitor’s center and cancel its ranger-guided snowshoe trips while Mount Rainier closed its road to Paradise, a popular winter recreation destination. The snowy wonderland of Mount Rainier and Crater Lake national parks will be largely closed due to the government shutdown, officials said Saturday. The […]
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National monument review was deliberately slanted

No one should be surprised by the revelation that the Interior Department wasn’t interested in hearing arguments against shrinking national monuments last year. It’s not even much of a surprise that the evidence of that skewed analysis apparently came to light through a mistake by the department’s Freedom of Information Act office. This administration repeatedly […]
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Coalition working with locals to protect public lands

Having been one of the leaders in the effort to prevent a National Monument designation in Malheur County, the Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition has now put its focus on improving and protecting federal public lands. The organization is working to develop a plan for the future management of public lands that will protect the resources […]
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Trump administration officials dismissed benefits of national monuments

Accidentally released documents show officials instead emphasized the value of logging and drilling. In a quest to shrink national monuments last year, senior Interior Department officials dismissed evidence that these public sites boosted tourism and spurred archaeological discoveries, according to documents the department released this month and retracted a day later. Source: Trump administration officials […]
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The National Park Service seeking input from the public

The National Park Service is asking for community input on how to best utilize the Oregon Cave National Monument and Preserve. “We’re taking in all the comments, looking at the angles from the public, but also analyzing all the environmental factors and cultural factors to make sure we aren’t missing anything,” Oregon Cave specialist Jason […]
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Zinke gets it wrong | Opinion |

Trump should reject call to shrink monument. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to reduce the 113,000-acre Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon by an unspecified amount is now in President Trump’s hands. Zinke calls upon the president to exercise authority he may not have to solve problems that don’t exist. Trump should ignore the recommendation […]
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Veterans depend on national monuments. Zinke should leave them alone (Guest opinion)

I grew up in the Cascades of Oregon, walking through the forests and observing bears and other wildlife with my grandfather. The outdoors is part of my identity, as is my time in the armed services. I am a veteran who fought in the Haitian revolution in the 1990s and in the Iraq war after […]
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