Zinke’s national monuments plan a threat to Western communities

Secretary Zinke’s secretive effort hands over thousands of acres of public lands to special interests with no accountability

After weeks of secrecy, the results of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s monuments review have been revealed.

Chris Saeger, Executive Director of the Western Values Project, released the following statement in response: 

These recommendations put at risk our way of life in the West by threatening access to public lands. This sham review from Secretary Zinke has been unpopular from beginning to end, and it will continue to be met with opposition by the vast majority of Westerners and Americans.”

It is telling that Secretary Zinke has shrouded his recommendations in secrecy for weeks, and didn’t have the backbone to release them himself. At the end of the day, the law is clear that the President lacks the authority to arbitrarily shrink national monuments at the behest of special interests in Washington and a handful of anti-public land zealots.”

poll conducted by Western Values Project found that Secretary Zinke’s already low job approval rating fell seven points in his home state of Montana after the announcement of his national monuments review. Western Values Project ran a six-figure television and digital advertisement campaign to hold the Secretary accountable for his actions.

A national poll conducted last month found that only 17 percent of Americans believed the review should have even been conducted, while 75 percent overwhelmingly support continued protections for these monuments.

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