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Response to the release of Interior Secretary Zinke’s final recommendations on national monuments

DENVER—Today Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released his final national monuments report, recommending that President Trump illegally revise the boundaries of four national monuments, including yesterday’s attempt to remove protections from more than two million acres of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monuments. In response, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala:

“Secretary Zinke announced Phase II of his all-out assault on America’s public lands and our nation’s century-old conservation legacy. Yesterday, on Secretary Zinke’s recommendation, President Trump executed the largest removal of protections on public lands in our nation’s history. Today, Secretary Zinke is telling him to go further.

“The first report Secretary Zinke gave to President Trump was riddled with basic factual errors; the result of a shoddy process that ignored comments from 2.8 million Americans.

“For a century, presidents of both parties have designated national monuments to conserve our natural and cultural heritage for future generations. Secretary Zinke could care less about our kids and grandkids—he just wants  to open up national monuments to more drilling, mining, and logging.”

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2 days ago
Montana @GovernorBullock: "Frankly, it makes me wonder whether the president is truly committed to investing in what makes America great, because a fundamental part of what makes America great is our land."
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3 days ago
Whether it’s a @CNN op-ed or a @FoxBusiness interview, @SecretaryZinke just can’t stop lying about national monuments.

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