Trump Review Of Monuments Includes Undersea Region Off New England

Trump to review power to establish federal lands

Department of the Interior via CNN

President Donald Trump's sweeping review of more than two decades' worth national monument designations includes a unique undersea area 150 miles off the New England coast that CT lawmakers fought to preserve past year. Under the act, the president is authorized designate national landmarks.

Trump, who will mark his first 100 days in office Saturday, said his order would "end another egregious abuse of federal power and give that power back to the states and to the people where it belongs". "And it's easy to see why designations in some cases are viewed negatively by those local communities that are impacted the most".

The order specifically asks for a review of the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. They said the designation will stymie growth by closing the area to new commercial and energy development. "A threat to millions of acres of protected land that deserve to be protected", said Hans Cole, Patagonia's Director of Environmental Activism. The review will include marine national monuments and fishing restrictions in the Pacific.

"In a world of limited resources, this (review) seems like a terribly irresponsible waste of taxpayer dollars", she said in an email.

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.

Trump's unprecedented move constitutes the most aggressive action against public lands yet taken by his nascent administration. The president has used executive orders aggressively over the past three months; as a candidate, Trump railed against Obama's use of this power. Among the monuments subject to the review are Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments.

In September 2016, President Obama created the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean 100 miles southeast of Cape Cod, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. It was lauded by environmentalists for preserving scenic cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches with actor and Utah resident Robert Redford appearing at the ceremony with Clinton.

LePage's presence and influence signaled strongly that the Trump administration planned to review Katahdin Woods. Obama vastly expanded the Papahanaumokuakea monument to 89.6 million acres in 2016. Local officials have raised similar complaints about the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada and the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in ME, both designated by Obama in late 2016.

While designations have done "a great service to the public", Zinke said the "local community affected should have a voice". As stewards of America's federal public lands, the Trump administration has an obligation to protect these most special wild places. 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, and that story has repeated across the country. Says Gaziano, "We think the ground is very strong for a president to revoke".

GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres joined members of the U.S. Congress, Vice President Mike Pence and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in witnessing President Donald Trump sign the Antiquities Act executive order in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

"From the Grand Canyon and Stonewall to the Coral Canyons and Seamounts - the first-ever monument in the Atlantic Ocean that I fought for past year - the measures Trump seeks to undo have protected pristine, historically significant sites from harmful activity", he said in a written statement. "He's going to be in for a fight. He should just honor our past leaders and those who were before him", Filfred said. "This is sacred land".

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