Patagonia threatens to sue Trump over national monuments order

Wednesday's executive order won't have an immediate effect - it simply called for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review monuments designated in the last 21 years, which Zinke said were designated without input from affected communities.

On April 26, 2017, President Trump ordered federal officials to review designations of onshore and marine national monuments made under the Antiquities Act of 1906.

At a news conference, he said this would "end another egregious abuse of power and [give] that power back to the states and the people where it [belonged]". Republican President George W. Bush, designated seven national monuments during his tenure, including several that meet the criteria for review under the executive order.

Trump's order requires a review of monuments that were created since 1996, that are at least 100,000 acres, or lacked "adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders".

Our National Monuments were established after extensive public input because they provide unique and irreplaceable cultural, ecological, economic and recreational value worth protecting for our children and our grandchildren.

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The president framed the order as a way to return power to states and individuals, after former President Obama and his predecessors blocked development on hundreds of millions of acres of federal land and water by creating monuments.

With this order, anti-public land extremism rooted in Utah now casts its shadow over Montana, threatening our outdoor way of life, our public lands, and the business owners and ranchers whose livelihoods depend on those lands. In New Mexico, Obama's designation of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument have preserved important lands while boosting the economy, Heinrich said, a story that has been repeated across the country. That's not only a brazen attack on the 111-year-old Antiquities Act under which those monuments were designated but also a barefaced betrayal of the American people.

The National Parks Service reported that 42 million of its park visitors in California spent $2 billion during their visit in 2016.

"Let's be clear", Zinke said Wednesday. "I will oppose any effort to dismantle the Antiquities Act".

She runs the Public Lands Program at the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity. It also threatens our culture, history, and outdoor heritage - the parts of our national and regional identity that monuments are designated to protect. "Under the President's leadership, I will work with local, state and Tribal governments to review monument designations made the past 20 years and make sure they work for the local communities". The report will determine if any monuments would benefit from being dismantled or resized. Although the Sabinoso is public land, it is surrounded by private property owners who have declined to allow public access, leaving them and their friends what amounts to a private wilderness area that borders the Canadian River and features cliffs and 1,000-foot-deep canyons home to numerous wildlife species.


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