McCollum Statement on Latest Trump Administration Attack on National Monuments
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended President Donald Trump strip protections from National Monuments across the country:
“From the sacred sites of Utah’s Bears Ears to the majestic splendor of Maine’s Katahdin Woods, National Monuments safeguard our country’s natural and cultural treasures. The Trump administration’s proposal to strip protections from these special places and open them up to exploitation by private interests is an attack on our public lands and national heritage.
“Shrinking National Monuments and allowing polluters or other private interests to operate on them breaks a commitment to the American people. Contrary to what the Trump administration has claimed, stripping protections for National Monuments will harm local communities and economies. Worse still, it will open the door to the destruction of these irreplaceable natural resources.
“I urge President Trump to reject Secretary Zinke’s recommendations, but I fully expect that the president will accept them as another piece of his polluters’ first agenda. With that in mind, I strongly support the conservation groups and local stakeholders who have already announced plans to take the Trump administration to court and protect these natural and cultural treasures.”