Monuments Bring Value to Communities, Should Remain Unchanged

By the end of next week, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke is due to recommend to President Trump possible reductions or elimination of protections for 27 federal areas that previous presidents set aside as treasured national monuments.

Zinke has said that a few monuments on the list, including the Upper Missouri River Breaks in Montana, should remain as they are. That’s great news, especially for the 5,000 people who formally commented, telling Zinke to keep protecting the Breaks.

Much as we appreciate that the Breaks with its wild and scenic river bluffs and bountiful hunting grounds is off the hit list, we must defend the other monuments in other states that remain at risk.

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Marne Hayes