DOI Public Comment Period On National Monuments Starts Today!

On April 26, 2017 Trump signed Executive Order 13792, which requires the Department of Interior (DOI) to review all National Monuments established under the Antiquities Act of 1906 since 1996 where the designation covers more than 100,000. This includes 22 National Monuments that were established to protect the natural and cultural resources that are an integral part of our county.

The DOI is holding its first ever public comment period on these National Monuments. This is an unprecedented action and while it flies in the face of previous presidential authorities, it does allow us, the public, an opportunity to resist. The DOI will be required to review and respond to all substantive comments received during this period. So please, comment early and often! Only substantive comments will be considered so avoid sending comments such as “This is terrible” or “I love our public lands” and instead, build upon these sentiments by explaining why. How will the potential removal of designations impact these lands? How will it impact you? For example, a substantive comment would be something like “The removal of these lands from National Monument status would result in 100,000 acres of lands remaining under the purview of state or private land owners where development would be unrestricted.”

Please visit the following site for more information: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-releases-list-monuments-under-review-announces-first-ever-formal

Comments can be submitted online at: http://www.regulations.gov by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the search bar

Or by mail at:

Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C. Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.

Questions on how to comment can be directed to me at ehudson.indivisible@gmail.com

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