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KayDee Gilkey Important First Step in Reining Antiquities Act
by KayDee Gilkey, click here for bio

Program: Land & Livestock Report
Date: May 01, 2017

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Last week, President Trump signed an executive order calling for a review of designations made by under the Antiquities Act by previous presidents. Public Lands Council Executive Director Ethan Lane shares

Lane: “So we were really gratified that the pleas that we made to the new administration both us and others — the Counties have been really involved in this — and other groups that are impacted. We all have really been banging this drum since the new administration has come to turn. We are really gratified that they have heard those calls and made it a priority in the President’s first 100 days.”

Lane continues

Lane: “We look forward to helping them as they move forward with this review and providing Secretary Zinke any information that might that evaluation process more effective. We know the impact of these designations. We know what has happened in places like Escalante Grand Staircase back in 1996 when it was designated there were 106,000 monthly AUMs inside of that monument area. Today there are 76,000 permitted and then there are about 35,000 effective AUMs on the ground. That is absolutely devastating to those local communities and there has been no comprehensive analysis or recognition of that. We look forward to this process and is long over due. We are really excited that the President went as far as to say he wanted to see legislative changes to the Act.”

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