“An orca whale breaches in view of Mount Baker, some 60 miles distant,
in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands.” Photo credit: Elaine Thompson, AP
– “Trump went after big national monuments, but some fear the small ones are next”
“With only 1,000 acres, the San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington state’s northwestern tip may be too tiny to even matter to President Donald Trump.
It’s a speck compared to the 27 big monuments [includes Washington’s Hanford Reach] that the White House targeted for a federal review on Friday, with only one on the list smaller than 100,000 acres.
Yet backers of the San Juan Islands monument, a tourism magnet in the Salish Sea, hardly feel safe. They fear that Trump could soon use an executive order he signed on April 26 to try to overturn designations of smaller federally protected sites, too.
A little-noticed provision opens the door for the possibility. It allows Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review any designation if he determines that it was made ‘without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders.'”
“‘Over 100 years of conservation is proposed to be undone in just a few days by President Trump,’ Cantwell said in a speech on the Senate floor two weeks ago,” by Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Newspapers.
[Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. is the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.]
– “A Simple Email Can Help Save the 27 National Monument Areas on Trump’s List”
The Trump administration wants to know how you feel about your national monument lands. A public comment period opens May 12,” by Michael DaxTracy Matsue Loeffelholz, YES! Magazine.