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STATEMENT on Interior Secretary Zinke’s Pardon of Grand Canyon–Parashant National Monument

DENVER—In response to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s announcement removing Grand Canyon–Parashant National Monument from his efforts to shrink or eliminate national monument designations, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala:

“It’s time for Secretary Zinke to end this week-by-week reality show charade. Does he really expect us to say ‘thank you’ for taking the only legal option available to him? By pardoning a landscape-scale monument of more than one million acres, he’s acknowledging both the value and legal status of all of America’s national monuments.

“The people of Arizona and the West deserve better from the Interior Department. The small business owners and rural economies that thrive because of our national monuments need Secretary Zinke to provide certainty right now, not one week at a time.”

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