U.S. Department of the Interior Requests Public Comment on its Review of Certain National Monuments Established since 1996

Pursuant to E.O. 13792 dated April 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior is requesting comments on the review of National Monuments that have been designated or expanded since 1996 under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The review will be used to determine whether each designation or expansion conforms to the requirements and original objectives of the Act, and appropriately balance the protection of landmarks against appropriate use of Federal lands.

The monuments currently under review include the following:

Monument

Location

Year(s)

Acreage

Basin and Range

Nevada

2015

703,585

Bears Ears

Utah

2016

1,353,000

Berryessa Snow Mountain

California

2015

330,780

Canyons of the Ancients

Colorado

2000

175,160

Carrizo Plain

California

2001

204,107

Cascade Siskiyou

Oregon

2000/2017

100,000

Craters of the Moon

Idaho

1924/2000

737,525

Giant Sequoia

California

2000

327,760

Gold Butte

Nevada

2016

296,937

Grand Canyon-Parashant

Arizona

2000

1,014,000

Grand Staircase-Escalante

Utah

1996

1,700,000

Hanford Reach

Washington

2000

194,450.93

Ironwood Forest

Arizona

2000

128,917

Mojave Trails

California

2016

1,600,000

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

New Mexico

2014

496,330

Rio Grande del Norte

New Mexico

2013

242,555

Sand to Snow

California

2016

154,000

San Gabriel Mountains

California

2014

346,177

Sonoran Desert

Arizona

2001

486,149

Upper Missouri River Breaks

Montana

2001

377,346

Vermilion Cliffs

Arizona

2000

279,568

Katahadin Woods and Waters

Maine

2016

87,563

Comments are due by July 10, 2017 and may be submitted here.

Advocacy contact: Prianka Sharma, (202) 205-6938.

Date: 
Wednesday, June 21, 2017