Colorado On List Of National Monuments That Could Be Shut Down
This Colorado National Monument is on the endangered list.
President Donald Trump initiated a bill last week that will review all national moments in the United States that are larger than 100,000 acres designated since 1996. These current monuments are a part of the Antiquities Act of 1906.
There are 26 national monuments on this list to be reviewed. One of them is right here in Colorado.
Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. Designated on June 9, 2000, by then-President Bill Clinton. This 164,000-acre wide spot could be no more.
Bears Ears National Monument in Utah is also on the list.
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The Oval Office stated that some of these national monuments may not have been properly researched and steps may have been missed in order to make the proper designation.
The two arguments are:
- Conservatives believe these monument authorizations are quote 'federal land grabs and violations of state sovereignty...hindering American enterprise from exploiting potentially valuable land resources.'
- While Conservationists believe that these lands need to be protected and from that type of destruction. Plus, they are a large part of the economy in terms of tourism.