Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

US Interior Secretary Urges Size Cuts to More National Monuments

US Interior Secretary Urges Size Cuts to More National Monuments

Unlike national parks that can only be created by an act of Congress, national monuments can be designated unilaterally by presidents under the century-old Antiquities Act, a law meant to protect sacred sites, artifacts and historical objects.

The administration also recommends that logging be allowed in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine. He said the designation was in recognition of the 1969 Stonewall riots triggered by a police raid on the bar that historians consider the starting point of the modern LGBT rights movement.

Opponents of the size reductions make no mention of the fact that many parts of the West - including large chunks adjacent to new monuments like Basin and Range, are already designated as Wilderness Areas or Wilderness Study Areas - making them even more off-limits than a national monument.

At the time Trump issued his executive order on April 26, LGBT activists in NY expressed concern that a little-noticed clause in the order could impact small national monuments such as the Stonewall, even though Trump said his aim was to downsize national monuments located mostly in the western USA that consisted of hundreds of thousands of acres of land.

"The implications of these recommendations for Maine's monument remain unclear, so we can not fully judge whether these recommendations are acceptable and consistent with the overwhelming view of ME people, problematic for the intended goal of this Monument, or illegal and likely to trigger action in the courts", she said in a statement.

"We've been saying for a long time that a shot fired at one monument is a shot fired at them all", he said.

"I think there is a great deal of anxiety about this possibility", he said in May.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also conducted the assessment of 11 marine monuments and sanctuaries under an April executive order on the president's offshore energy strategy.

Defying dire, worldwide warnings, Trump insisted that after repeated peace failures it was past time for a new approach, starting with what he said was his decision merely based on reality to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel's government.

He held a briefing with reporters Tuesday, a day after President Donald Trump took action to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah. Both are located in Utah.

The Capital Press reported Tuesday that two groups sued when then-President Barack Obama almost doubled the monument's size earlier this year.

"The president was absolutely right in asking for a review", Zinke said.

Trump's action drew immediate praise by some state officials and residents, who considered the designation of the two monuments by President Obama in 2016 and President Bill Clinton in 1996 respectively to be too massive in size. British Prime Minister Theresa May said she planned to call Trump to discuss her country's support for a two-state solution.

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