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STATEMENT on Executive Order Targeting National Monuments

New Map Reveals the Dozens of Monuments At Risk

DENVER—As President Trump prepares to sign an executive order to review more than 20 years of national monument designations, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala:

“Our national monuments are monuments to America’s heritage and history, which is why they are so popular. This executive order is the beginning of an all-out assault on America’s public lands. The outcome of this review is preordained: it will be used in an attempt to eliminate or shrink national monuments.

“Any attempt by President Trump to erase or shrink national monuments will meet strong resistance from the American people and the legal system. The law is clear—only Congress has the authority to erase or modify national monuments, and Congress has wisely used that power sparingly over the last hundred years.”

An interactive map of the national monuments threatened by President Trump’s executive order is available for viewing and embedding at


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