Trump Review Of National Monuments Criticized In NV

Supporters of Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada are criticizing an executive order signed last week by President Trump.

(The order instructs Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to re-examine all national monuments created since 1996, but it is unclear if the administration will try to revoke some designations or shrink some of the boundaries. Jaina Moan, executive director of the group Friends of Gold Butte, said many legal scholars think the Antiquities Act gives the president the ability to create a monument but not to get rid of one.

Just before President Obama left office, he designated a national monument at Gold Butte and another at Bear’s Ears in Utah, which Trump called a “massive federal land grab.” Dozens of other monuments have been created since 1996, including Basin and Range in Nevada.)