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Add your name, and call on ZInke to disclose insider influence

When Ryan Zinke decided to cut the size of our national monuments, the largest rollback of federal land protection in our nation’s history, he ignored the comments and concerns of millions of Americans. It’s possible he was listening to other comments, though — those of his friends and special interests.

Representative Mike Noel of Utah owns land that was previously inside the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. But in late 2017, Zinke’s Interior Department redrew the boundaries and conspicuously cut out Noel’s land from the monument. Could the Congressman’s five meetings with Zinke in May of 2017 have had anything to do with that?

Noel land map

Left: Existing GSENM boundary with Noel’s undisclosed land in white (Bureau of Land Management). Right: New GSENM boundary drawn to exclude Noel’s land from the monument. A red square (added) indicates Noel’s property. (Department of the Interior)

Will you add your name to call on Secretary Zinke to disclose any information regarding insider influence on our monuments’ shrunken boundaries?

This issue isn’t just about whether Representative Noel used his influence to personally benefit from the reduction of our national monuments. It also raises HUGE questions about the extent of insider influence on the decision to open our public lands to being sold off or exploited.

We need answers, Friend. Will you join us in demanding them?

Add your name, and call on Secretary Zinke to disclose any information regarding insider influence on our monuments’ shrunken boundaries.

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