Public Comment on Federal Monument Designations (Privatizing National Parks)

You may remember an executive order signed in April, about getting the feds off land that’s currently protected, and selling it cheap to private owners. This is that process getting started. They’re about to open the public comment period. I don’t live near any of the parks they’re talking about (listed at the link), which are mostly in New Mexico, California, Colorado, Arizona, and other parts of the American West and Northwest. (There’s one in Maine, though.) Maybe check the list and see if you’re familiar with any of them and have a story about why they should stay (or go).

From Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s facebook page:

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. 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 that is being reviewed. I look forward to hearing from and engaging with local communities and stakeholders as this process continues.


Comments may be submitted online after May 12 at by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.

DATES: The Department will shortly publish a notice in the Federal Register officially opening the public comment period. Written comments relating to the Bears Ears National Monument must be submitted within 15 days of publication of that notice. Written comments relating to all other designations subject to Executive Order 13792 must be submitted within 60 days of that date.