Ryan Zinke Trump wilderness areas – CWEB.com

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Ryan Zinke Trump wilderness areas – CWEB.com

President Donald Trump will on Wednesday sign an executive order relating to the Antiquities Act, a law introduced by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1906 which gives presidents the ability to name areas of federal land and waters as national monuments. The order will direct Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, to review about 30 national monuments that are larger than 100,000 acres and have been declared since 1996.

Zinke will recommend if any monuments should be “rescinded, modified or resized”. No national monument’s status has ever been revoked previously and any attempt to cancel or shrink a protected area would almost certainly spark a legal battle waged by environmental groups.

“In some cases national monuments have resulted in the loss of jobs, reduced wages and loss of public access,” Zinke said.

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