Antiquities Act Review

I’ve been expecting to see this one because of media coverage of the pending order. Business wins again, this time at the expense of National Monuments.

The Antiquities Act dates back to 1906 signed by Theodore Roosevelt and allows for establishment of national parks and monuments.

This executive order calls for the Secretary of Interior to review all designations since January 1, 1996 “…where the designation covers more than 100,000 acres, where the designation after expansion covers more than 100,000 acres, or where the Secretary determines that the designation or expansion was made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders…” claiming a need to give “energy independence” a more prominent position in designation of sites set aside for monuments or parks.

Within 120 days of the order a report is due to the president, but one designation in particular must be reviewed and reported on within 45 days – Proclamation 9558 of December 28, 2016 (Establishment of the Bears Ears National Monument).

I do not think it is difficult to predict the ultimate result – undesignation of the most recently established site noted above, at a minimum.

Official Title: Presidential Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act

Executive Order dated April 26, 2017

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