Stu Kerr and Max Hendrix on the Fins and Things Trail in Moab, Utah, submitted by Steve Quinn of Kansas City, Mo.
Possible NatioNal MoNuMeNt DesigNatioNs DrawiNg More Heat State And Federal Lawmakers Continue To Fight Back
The battle is heating up over the federal Interior Department’s plan to designate some 13 million acres of land in the West as national monuments. In two states, ofﬁcials are sending a message to federal ofﬁcials who want to control land—possibly closing it to offhighway recreation—without consulting with local authorities: Back off. In Utah, lawmakers passed a law to allow the state to seize federal land. And in Oregon, a federal lawmaker wants to pass a law barring the federal administration from naming any national monuments in
his state without congressional approval. In addition, federal lawmakers are pushing a bill to require Interior Department ofﬁcials to release all documents related to the national monuments idea. At the heart of the issue are numerous potential national monument designations, which would make it easier to close the affected 13 million acres to responsible off-highway motorized recreation in 11 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. In Utah, U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) introduced legislation, with U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), to bar any president from designating Utah national monuments without a congressional nod. U.S. Reps. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah) agree Congress should decide. In addition, Hastings and Bishop also
introduced a resolution to try to force the Interior Department to make public all documents related to its national monuments idea. The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, chaired by Rep. Nick Rahall II (D-W.Va.), refused to endorse the resolution. Rahall and House leadership now will determine if this resolution will be heard on the House ﬂoor. Hastings, ranking member of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, acknowledged the AMA’s support of the resolution, noting in a news release that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AMA support it. Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government relations, continues to push for full disclosure on the possible national monument designations, noting the Interior Department has released only 383 out of more than 2,000 pages of the relevent internal documents.
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