Interior secretary wants to maintain Katahdin Woods monument

11 in Patten. Some of the land below the mountain is part of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

Significant land management changes were also recommended by the administration that would severely alter the land use in several national monuments.

Just one day after President Trump ordered the boundaries of 2 national monuments in Utah reduced, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recommended modifying the boundaries and management of 2 more monuments, including Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou.

Gold Butte was declared a national monument by President Obama in December 2016, after years of efforts by various groups to gain some form of federal protection for the unique cultural, biological, and geological features of the area bordered by the Virgin Mountains on the north, Arizona state line on the east, Virgin River on the west, and Colorado River on the south. He said the designation was in recognition of the 1969 Stonewall riots triggered by a police raid on the bar that historians consider the starting point of the modern LGBT rights movement. Whether these resources are found on land designated as a monument, national forest, BLM- managed public land, or other federal land, it is generally illegal to remove or disrupt these resources without a permit issued by the federal government.

"The implications of these recommendations for Maine's monument remain unclear, so we can not fully judge whether these recommendations are acceptable and consistent with the overwhelming view of ME people, problematic for the intended goal of this Monument, or illegal and likely to trigger action in the courts", she said in a statement.

"We are an ocean group, but we care about this attack on land monuments because an attack on one monument is an attack on all", said Marine Conservation Institute President Lance Morgan.

"I think there is a great deal of anxiety about this possibility", he said in May.

That announcement Tuesday comes even as Zinke is defending the Trump Administration's move to dramatically trim the size of two monuments in Utah this week.

With lavish praises for the wisdom and ability of the people of Utah to steward their public lands, President Trump signed proclamations reducing the size of both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

Defying dire, worldwide warnings, President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of USA and global policy and formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

In the report, Zinke criticized restrictions on commercial fishing in the three monuments, discounting the industry's impact on areas such as the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts near the MA coast. Environmentalists, however, criticized Trump's decision and vowed to fight the action in court.

On April 26, President Trump signed an executive order that calls for a "review" by the Department of the Interior of national monuments designated since 1996.

Swift said a list was released by Zinke in May of the national monuments that he would review.



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