Interior protects Montana monument from review

Interior protects Montana monument from review
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The Interior Department said Wednesday it would recommend no changes to the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana as part of its review of federal monument designations under the Antiquities Act.

The monument is one of 27 declared since 1996 that Interior officials are considering for potential changes. But Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he would recommend that it stay intact and without changes at the end of the review period.

“​​The monument is one of the only free-flowing areas of the Missouri that remains as Lewis and Clark saw it more than 200 years ago,” Zinke said in a statement.

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The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument is a 378,000 acre expanse of federally-managed land protecting the upper Missouri River and surrounding countryside. President Bill ClintonBill ClintonGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Lawmakers, pick up the ball on health care and reform Medicaid The art of the small deal MORE designated it a national monument on Jan. 17, 2001.

Zinke has already said he will suggest maintaining three of the large monuments subject to his review, ordered by President Trump in April: Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients, Idaho’s Craters of the Moon and Washington’s Hanford Reach.

But Zinke has said he will recommend Trump change the 1.5 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, a proposal that kicked up vigorous opposition from conservation advocates.