The New York Times listed two national locations as one of their “five to watch” as national monuments fall under review.
As The Times reported, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is currently reviewing 27 national monuments, looking to determine if previous administrations exceeded their authority in setting large tracts of land for protection.
Zinke will likely scale back some of the designations.
“Democrats and environmental activists see the review as part of a broad effort within the Trump administration to unravel the conservation legacy of President Barack Obama, who under the 1906 Antiquities Act put more land and water under federal protection than any other president,” according to The New York Times.Comment on this story
Both the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ear national monuments headed the list. They were listed alongside Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in New Mexico, the Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine, and Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii.
Republicans have criticized the Grand Staircase-Escalante designation because it limits land for development in Utah, according to The New York Times.
Meanwhile, Bears Ears “has become the poster child for the fight over Mr. Obama’s preservation agenda,” according to The New York Times.
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