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ROSEN STATEMENT ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S EXECUTIVE ORDER TO REVIEW NATIONAL MONUMENT DESIGNATIONS

April 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement in response to an executive order signed by President Trump to review national monument designations from over the past 20 years, including monuments designated in Nevada:

"President Trump has unfairly targeted Nevada once again by signing an executive order that would jeopardize millions of acres of national monuments, including Gold Butte. This would not only roll back years of conservation efforts, but it would have a significant impact on our outdoor economy, which generates more than 1 billion a year in state revenues. I will fight to ensure that our public lands are kept public so that future generations can appreciate Nevada's natural beauty."

Background: The President’s Executive Order would require Department of Interior Review of 26 monuments protected over the past two decades, including Gold Butte and Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada and Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Southern Utah. Past Presidents of the United States of both parties have declared these sites and others to be national monuments in accordance with the Antiquities Act, a 1906 law signed by Teddy Roosevelt. The Act has been used 231 times as a conservation mechanism to protect the country’s most vulnerable and iconic lands, including the Grand Canyon. Its legacy is over 838 million acres of parks, monuments, and wildlife habitat that will now exist for generations to come. It comes as no surprise that a recent poll conducted by Colorado College found that 80% of Western voters support keeping protections for existing national monuments in place.

 

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