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Public can comment on Cascade-Siskiyou, other National Monuments starting May 12

Bureau of Land Management photos. (CC by 2.0)

The Department of the Interior announced Friday that members of the public can comment on monument designations, including Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon, starting later this month.

The public is encouraged to weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and President Trump agree that local input is critical to successful federal land management.

Starting May 12, anyone can comment by going to the regulations page and entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and clicking “Search."

The Department of Interior wants to know whether the national monuments on the list should be reviewed because they were designated or expanded after January 1, 1996, as well as any factors that may influence the decision of the Secretary of Interior.

The department says that it will open the public comment period with a notice in the Federal Register. After that notice is released, commenters have 15 days to put in their input. Secretary Zinke says listening to the American people is crucial when making decisions about national monuments.

“The Department of the Interior is the steward of America’s greatest treasures and the manager of one-fifth of our land. Part of being a good steward is being a good neighbor and listening to the American people who we represent,” said Secretary Zinke. “Today’s action, initiating a formal public comment process finally gives a voice to local communities and states when it comes to Antiquities Act monument designations. There is no pre-determined outcome on any monument. I look forward to hearing from and engaging with local communities and stakeholders as this process continues.

This is the full list of national monuments affected:

Basin and Range, Nevada, 703,585 acres

Bears Ears, Utah, 1,353,000 acres

Berryessa Snow Mountain, California, 330,780 acres

Canyons of the Ancients, Colorado, 175,160 acres

Carrizo Plain, California, 204,107 acres

Cascade Siskiyou, Oregon, 100,000 acres

Craters of the Moon, Idaho, 737,525 acres

Giant Sequoia, California, 327,760 acres

Gold Butte, Nevada, 296,937 acres

Grand Canyon-Parashant, Arizona, 1,014,000 acres

Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah, 1,700,000 acres

Hanford Reach, Washington,194,450.93 acres

Ironwood Forest, Arizona, 128,917 acres

Mojave Trails California, 1,600,000 acres

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks New Mexico, 496,330 acres

Rio Grande del Norte New Mexico, 242,555 acres

Sand to Snow California, 154,000 acres

San Gabriel Mountains California, 346,177 acres

Sonoran Desert Arizona, 486,149 acres

Upper Missouri River Breaks Montana, 377,346 acres

Vermilion Cliffs Arizona, 279,568 acres

Marine National Monuments:

Marianas Trench CNMI/Pacific Ocean, 60,938,240

Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Atlantic Ocean, 3,114,320

Pacific Remote Islands Pacific Ocean, 55,608,320

Papahanaumokuakea Hawaii/Pacific Ocean, 89,600,000

Rose Atoll American Samoa/Pacific Ocean, 8,609,045

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