Croft was unhappily coming to terms with reports that a monument-review memo from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to the White House, leaked to the media, includes recommendations to reduce the monument's size, along with that of the recently created Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah.
In his recommendations, Zinke has pinpointed four national monuments for boundary modifications including Bears Ears and also Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, Gold Butte in Nevada and Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon.
Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., said in a Journal interview Monday that while he was glad Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke didn't suggest that President Donald Trump shrink New Mexico's monuments, he was disappointed in the secretary's push to change their management plans.
In April, President Trump ordered a review of national monuments - which protect lands for their natural beauty and historical significance - as part of his campaign promise to develop federal land.
In the report, Zinke also recommended changes in uses or management of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in ME; the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, off New England; the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico; and the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument in New Mexico.
Cascade Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon 4.
Utah politicians, who have lobbied Trump since he was elected to revisit several Antiquities Act designations, praised his administration's push to scale back these areas.
In addition, Zinke reportedly included one of his earlier recommendations that tribal nations should co-manage some of the land and have the authority to weigh in on what commercial activities are permitted.
"The way that our country utilizes its cattle and beef industry has radically changed in the past 21 years", she said.
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Trump's actions end speculation fueled by Zinke announcement on August 24 that he had finished his review and sent a report to the White House. It was first established as a national monument in 2000 by President Clinton. He also said that Bears Ears monument in Utah should be downsized.
Zinke did not offer changes to two local monuments: The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, a 346,177-acre swath of the Angeles National Forest from Santa Clarita to Mt. Baldy, and the Mojave Trails National Monument, a 1.6 million-acre desert landscape that bridges the area between Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve.
Sarah Shrader, owner of Grand Junction-based Bonsai Design, which builds outdoor adventure courses, has been calling for recognition by Zinke and Trump of the economic value of monuments.
"You can't pick and choose what laws you want to follow when it comes to public lands management", Pedery said, "The idea that we're going to fund county government through essentially strip-mining public lands sounds absurd to people who moved to OR because of our natural amenities".
"The National Park Service is in the middle of a three-year process to develop the management plan for Katahdin Woods and Waters", she said.
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-New Mexico, said the recommendations fall short and that economic, security and access issues remain without the resizing of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks. "We stand up for the almost 3 million people who urged the administration to protect these monuments - in court, if necessary".
During the 120-day review, Zinke visited eight of the 27 national monuments under review, traveling to six states. And sacred Native American sites, recreation destinations, and America's most unique wild places would be opened to drilling, mining, logging - and the disasters that go with them.