Land Use Management
From pesticide regulations to land use policy, Democratic leaders in states across the country spent 2017 fighting President Trump on the environment, a conflict that shows no sign of letting up this year.
The decision significantly reduces public land designated by prior presidents.
Republicans and the Trump administration are trying to reduce the number of national monuments, which would put once-protected land up for commercial use.
“Our staff has been actively requesting the information from the Interior Department, as well as the White House, and we have not yet received it,” according to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s press secretary.
Details are mostly under wraps, but the Interior secretary said no monuments would be eliminated. There could be, however, unspecified changes to a “handful.”
“They might as well form a shotgun posse to kill off the species directly,” according to a Center for Biological Diversity activist.
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