What about the other Monuments?

Editor,

In April, President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for the review of 22 specific national monuments across the country. Tasked with executing this order is Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke. The supposed intent of the review was to evaluate if these monuments were appropriately designated under the Antiquities Act and if they are worth funding through the federal government.

For months, the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, here in Montana, was included in this review. The Breaks brings in millions of dollars to the local economy and sees over 100,000 visitors every year. Home to endangered species as well as world-class hunting opportunities, the Breaks plays a vital economic and ecological role in north-central Montana. Lucky for us, Sec. Zinke recently removed the Breaks from the list citing the fact that Lewis and Clark passed through it as his reason for keeping it.

What about the remaining 18 national monuments on this list? Zinke has left the public in the dark during this whole process. The Interior department only gave us two months for public comment on the review and now Zinke is making decisions without thorough explanation.

Public lands belongs to us all. We need to call on the Department of the Interior and Sec. Zinke for more transparency on this issue. Outdoor recreation and public lands support local economies and we cannot jeopardize that with executive orders conducted in secrecy.

 

Hunter Losing

Miles City

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