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Zinke’s monuments ‘review’ is land seizure in disguise
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Zinke’s monuments ‘review’ is land seizure in disguise

Jenny Rowland argues that Secretary Zinke's review of national monuments could result in a sell-off of America's public lands.

When Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke addressed the Outdoor Industry Association in Washington, D.C., this past April, he opened with this line:

“I am adamantly opposed to the sale or transfer of public lands.”

The room applauded, and Zinke continued to get credit for standing against the unpopular land seizure movement.

But as we approach Zinke’s 100th day in office, it’s clear that his allegiance to keeping public lands in public hands has blurred. His ongoing “review” of national monuments, with a view to shrink or revoke them, could result in a sell-off of America’s lands to the highest bidder.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Hill. Click here to view the full article.

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Jenny Rowland-Shea

Director, Public Lands