This week President Trump announced the greatest rollback of protected public lands of any Administration in US history. Stripping back protected National Monuments at the Bear's Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah have opened millions of acres to mining and drilling. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke’s final recommendations to the President released this week [...]
The House Natural Resources Committee has voted on a new bill that would strip the Antiquities Act, a law that has protected public lands and waters in large monuments. The legislation HR 3990, introduced by Rep. Rob Bishop (R.Utah), has been fast tracked through a House Committee, failing to give members opportunity to discuss and debate [...]
Marine Protected Areas Also at Risk. WASHINGTON—President Trump announced a plan to consider scaling back protection of 27 national monuments around the country with serious potential impacts on marine, land and cultural resources. By signing The Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act, Trump authorizes Secretary Ryan Zinke at the Department of [...]
Large Scale Marine Protection Introduced by Obama Under the Antiquities Act. What will President Trump do?
Posted by David McGuire of Shark Stewards in Ocean Views on January 29, 2017 President Obama used executive powers to protect 550 million acres of land and ocean during his presidency, leaving the largest land and marine protection legacy of any president. Applying the Antiquities Act, President Obama more than doubled the existing marine protection in [...]