|Susie Gelbart walks near petroglyphs at Gold Butte Nat'l Monument near Bunkerville, Nevada. Interior Sec'y Zinke said he's recommending changes to the Trump administration to decide.|
BUT he said he will press for some boundary changes and left open the possibility of allowing drilling, mining, or other [extraction, depletion, and exploitation] industries on the sites.
(August 25, 2017) Twenty-seven monuments were put under review in April by Pres. Trump, who has charged that the millions of acres designated for protection by former Pres. Obama were part of a "massive federal land grab."
Conservationists and tribal leaders responded with alarm and distrust, demanding the full release of Zinke's recommendations and vowing to challenge attempts to shrink any monuments.