Zinke recommends shrinking 6 national monuments

2017-09-19 09:18
Protesters hold signs and chant as US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke arrives at Kanab Airport in Utah. (George Frey, AFP)

Protesters hold signs and chant as US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke arrives at Kanab Airport in Utah. (George Frey, AFP)

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Washington - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, with changes to several others proposed.

A leaked memo from Zinke to President Donald Trump recommends that two Utah monuments - Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante - be reduced, along with Nevada's Gold Butte and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou.

Two marine monuments in the Pacific Ocean also would be reduced under Zinke's memo, which has not been officially released. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the memo, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Trump ordered the review earlier this year after complaining about improper "land grabs" by former presidents, including Barack Obama.

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