Trump Does Not Announce Decision On Proposed New Montana Monument

Gold Butte National Monument

Gold Butte National Monument

In his final report to the president, Zinke recommended that timbering should be permitted on the property and that infrastructure upgrades and public access for "traditional uses" like snowmobiling and hunting should be prioritized in a management plan. "You can expect challenges to future monument cuts as well".

Patagonia, which is expected to file a lawsuit by Wednesday, replaced its usual home page with a stark message, "The President Stole Your Land". "This is an example of a special interest", Zinke said Tuesday.

A coalition of five tribes also sued to protect Bears Ears National Monument, arguing that the law only gives presidents the ability to create a national monument, not the ability to downsize one. The California-based company called Trump's actions illegal and described Monday's action as the largest elimination of protected land in American history.

Two lawsuits also have been filed to try to block the Grand Staircase decision, which cuts the monument almost in half.

"This decision lifts protections for tens of thousands of Native American sacred sites", Udall said.

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But Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who represents Maine's sprawling 2nd Congressional District, said Zinke's recommendation "strikes the right balance".

Trump's Monday order to shrink both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments by roughly 1 million acres each would be the largest retraction of publicly owned lands in US history, which Patagonia also noted on its website.

Native American leaders say President Donald Trump's move to drastically shrink a Utah national monument is the president's second insult to native people in a week and an offense that tribes will unite to fight.

Zinke also has recommended allowing logging at a newly designated monument in ME and urges more grazing, hunting and fishing at two sites in New Mexico.

Zinke said commercial logging is not allowed within the 87,500-acre Katahdin Woods and Waters because it is part of the National Park Service land holdings.

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