STATEMENT: CLF Responds to Leaked National Monuments Review Report
Durango, Colo., (Sept. 18, 2017)–Conservation Lands Foundation Executive Director Brian Sybert made the following statement concerning the report from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to President Trump that was leaked late last night. The report details the Secretary’s recommendations following the President’s April 26 Executive Order directing the Interior Department to review 27 national monuments designated between 1996 and 2017.
“Secretary Zinke’s report recommends the largest attack on America’s National Conservation Lands, or any protected public lands, in American history. The report ignores the 2.7 million people who commented in favor of leaving our monuments intact, and recommends that the President unilaterally and illegally eliminate protections. Sportsmen see through the Administration’s callous effort to pretend it’s being helpful, when it is simultaneously trying to eliminate protections for some of the best fishing, hunting and wildlife habitat left in America. The report is sloppy, full of errors and inaccuracies, and suggests we ought to undermine one of America’s best ideas to benefit private industry. That’s an insult to Americans that won’t stand—and won’t stand up in court.”
– Brian Sybert, Executive Director, Conservation Lands Foundation
The Conservation Lands Foundation is the only organization dedicated solely to protecting, restoring and expanding the National Conservation Lands so they will endure from generation to generation. The National Conservation Lands are 36 million acres of protected public lands, rivers and trails managed by the Bureau of Land Management, that have joined the ranks of our national parks and wildlife refuges, protecting our nation’s natural, cultural and outdoor heritage and driving an $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. www.ConservationLands.org