April 26, 2017

Trump vows national monuments review; NM delegation dividedAlbuquerque Journal

The status of two national monuments in New Mexico and dozens more nationwide is suddenly in question today after President Donald Trump said that his administration would conduct a comprehensive review.

The president’s order for a review applies to monuments created after 1996 that are over 100,000 acres, and would include the Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains Desert Peaks national monuments in New Mexico, as well as the newly created Bears Ears National Monument in Southeastern Utah. Both the Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains monuments were set aside for protection by former President Barack Obama. -- 4/26/2017

Trump orders review of national monuments to allow developmentReuters

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow national monument designations to be rescinded or reduce the size of sites as the administration pushes to open up more federal land to drilling, mining and other development.

Legal challenges are expected because no president has ever rescinded a monument designation.

In announcing the order on Wednesday Republican Trump said Obama's use of the 1906 Antiquities Act to create monuments was an "egregious abuse of federal power" that allowed the federal government to "lock up" millions of acres of land and water. -- 4/26/2017

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