It is guaranteed that progressive coalitions and corporate environmentalist groups will be mobilizing followers to flood the Interior Department with fawning cut & paste comments supporting these land grabs. You can fight back, and it will take one minute of your time. Please help restore the lands and liberties of your fellow Americans.
By Marjorie Haun
You have an opportunity to make a monumental difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people whose lives, jobs, and future prospects have been negatively impacted by the recent creation of national monuments. Since 1996 and President Clinton’s use of the Antiquities Act to sequester 1.9 million resource-rich acres in southern Utah in a restrictive federal enclave, the economic and environmental impacts of national monuments have become painfully apparent. Clinton’s secretive decree which created the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, dealt a devastating blow to Utah’s coal industry, and has driven ranchers off the land and sucked the life out of local economies, such as that of Garfield County, Utah. But Clinton’s actions pale in comparison to President Obama’s turbo-charged land confiscations of the last 8 years. Literally hundreds of millions of productive acres (see below) on land and sea, upon which hundreds of thousands of Americans have relied for jobs, economic development, and multiple land uses, including grazing, timber, and agriculture, have been ripped out of the hands of locals and place into the control of federal bureaucrats in D.C.
But with the election of Donald Trump, fresh attention is being paid to the people whose lives have been harmed by two decades of relentless, aggressive executive land grabs. Last month President Trump announced his directive to the Interior Department, headed by Secretary Ryan Zinke, to review all national monuments created since 1996 under the guise of the Antiquities Act, and to scrutinize their scope, impact, and legality according to the actual provisions within the Antiquities Act. This is good news for everyone suffering under the restrictions of nearby national monuments, and Secretary Zinke appears to be taking his directive seriously. But those who want these lands to remain under lock and key; big corporations, progressives, Democrat politicians, and well-funded corporate environmentalists NGO’s, will fight each and every effort to rescind or reduce these unjust and punitive national monuments. Trump, Zinke, and the folks living in the shadows of national monuments need your help.
In an unprecedented move, the Interior Department is listening to your input about the future of these monumental land grabs. Please add your comments. Invite everyone you know to chime in, and magnify the voices of the locals now struggling under the weight of 20 years of monumental presidential abuses. It is guaranteed that progressive coalitions and corporate environmentalist groups will be mobilizing followers to flood the Interior Department with fawning cut & paste comments supporting these land grabs. You can fight back, and it will take one minute of your time. Please help restore the lands and liberties of your fellow Americans.


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Interior Department Press Release:

Interior Department Releases List of Monuments Under Review, Announces First-Ever Formal Public Comment Period for Antiquities Act Monuments

Last edited 5/10/2017
Date: May 5, 2017


WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior today announced the first ever formal public comment period for members of the public to officially weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906, and the Department released a list of monuments under review under the President’s Executive Order 13792, issued April 26, 2017. A public comment period is not required for monument designations under the Antiquities Act; however, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and President Trump both strongly believe that local input is a critical component of federal land management.

Comments may be submitted online after May 12 at by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.

DATES: The Department will shortly publish a notice in the Federal Register officially opening the public comment period. Written comments relating to the Bears Ears National Monument must be submitted within 15 days of publication of that notice. Written comments relating to all other designations subject to Executive Order 13792 must be submitted within 60 days of that date.

“The Department of the Interior is the steward of America’s greatest treasures and the manager of one-fifth of our land. Part of being a good steward is being a good neighbor and listening to the American people who we represent,” said Secretary Zinke. “Today’s action, initiating a formal public comment process finally gives a voice to local communities and states when it comes to Antiquities Act monument designations. There is no pre-determined outcome on any monument. I look forward to hearing from and engaging with local communities and stakeholders as this process continues.”

Executive Order 13792 of April 26, 2017 (82 FR 20429, May 1, 2017), directs the Secretary of the Interior to review certain National Monuments designated or expanded under the Antiquities Act of 1906, 54 U.S.C. 320301-320303 (Act). Specifically, Section 2 of the Executive Order directs the Secretary to conduct a review of all Presidential designations or expansions of designations under the Antiquities Act made since January 1, 1996, where the designation covers more than 100,000 acres, where the designation after expansion covers more than 100,000 acres, or where the Secretary determines that the designation or expansion was made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders, to determine whether each designation or expansion conforms to the policy set forth in section 1 of the order. Among other provisions, Section 1 states that designations should reflect the Act’s “requirements and original objectives” and “appropriately balance the protection of landmarks, structures, and objects against the appropriate use of Federal lands and the effects on surrounding lands and communities.”  82 FR 20429 (May 1, 2017). 

In making the requisite determinations, the Secretary is directed to consider:

(i)    the requirements and original objectives of the Act, including the Act’s requirement that reservations of land not exceed “the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected”;
(ii)   whether designated lands are appropriately classified under the Act as “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, [or] other objects of historic or scientific interest”;
(iii)  the effects of a designation on the available uses of designated Federal lands, including consideration of the multiple-use policy of section 102(a)(7) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (43 U.S.C. 1701(a)(7)), as well as the effects on the available uses of Federal lands beyond the monument boundaries;
(iv)   the effects of a designation on the use and enjoyment of non-Federal lands within or beyond monument boundaries;
(v)    concerns of State, tribal, and local governments affected by a designation, including the economic development and fiscal condition of affected States, tribes, and localities;
(vi)   the availability of Federal resources to properly manage designated areas; and
(vii)  such other factors as the Secretary deems appropriate.
82 FR 20429-20430 (May 1, 2017).

The National Monuments being initially reviewed are listed in the following tables:


Monument Location Year(s) Acreage
Basin and Range Nevada 2015 703,585
Bears Ears Utah 2016 1,353,000
Berryessa Snow Mountain California 2015 330,780
Canyons of the Ancients Colorado 2000 175,160
Carrizo Plain California 2001 204,107
Cascade Siskiyou Oregon 2000/2017 100,000
Craters of the Moon Idaho 1924/2000 737,525
Giant Sequoia California 2000 327,760
Gold Butte Nevada 2016 296,937
Grand Canyon-Parashant Arizona 2000 1,014,000
Grand Staircase-Escalante Utah 1996 1,700,000
Hanford Reach Washington 2000 194,450.93
Ironwood Forest Arizona 2000 128,917
Mojave Trails California 2016 1,600,000
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks New Mexico 2014 496,330
Rio Grande del Norte New Mexico 2013 242,555
Sand to Snow California 2016 154,000
San Gabriel Mountains California 2014 346,177
Sonoran Desert Arizona 2001 486,149
Upper Missouri River Breaks Montana 2001 377,346
Vermilion Cliffs Arizona 2000 279,568


Katahdin Woods and Waters Maine        2016         87,563     


The Department of the Interior seeks public comments related to: (1) Whether national monuments in addition to those listed above should be reviewed  because they were designated or expanded after January 1, 1996 “without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders;” and (2) the application of factors (i) through (vii) set forth above to the listed national monuments or to other Presidential designations or expansions of designations meeting the criteria of the Executive Order. With respect to factor (vii), comments should address other factors the Secretary might consider for this review.

In a separate but related process, certain Marine National Monuments will also be reviewed. As directed by section 4 of Executive Order 13795 of April 28, 2017, “Implementing An America-First Offshore Energy Strategy” (82 FR 20815, May 3, 2017), the Department of Commerce will lead the review of the Marine National Monuments in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior. To assist in that consultation, the Secretary will accept comments related to the application of factors (i) through (vii) in Executive 

Order 13792 as set forth above to the following Marine National Monuments:


Marianas Trench CNMI/Pacific Ocean 2009 60,938,240
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Atlantic Ocean 2016 3,114,320
Pacific Remote Islands Pacific Ocean 2009 55,608,320
Papahanaumokuakea Hawaii/Pacific Ocean 2006/2016 89,600,000
Rose Atoll American Samoa/Pacific Ocean 2009 8,609,045

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  1. We are in favor of limiting the size of monuments and restoring the rights of those people who actually live and protect the land . A much smaller footprint would preserve the sites , and allow economic opportunities for the people.

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