In response to the late release of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s national monuments review recommendations, Chris Saeger, executive director of the Western Values Project, released the following statement:
With such a devastating and unpopular proposal to gut our public lands, it’s no wonder Secretary Zinke hid this report from the public for so long. These recommendations make clear the unprecedented influence of the lobbyists and special interests that now run the Interior Department, and reveal how far Secretary Zinke is willing to go to sell out his fellow Westerners for short-term political gain.
This shameful land grab goes against President Roosevelt’s legacy and will rob future generations of the public land protections that have preserved our Western way of life.”
Read the final report here.