President Trump’s order seeks to end past overreach and abuse of the monument review process under the Antiquities Act that has closed off land to the public, while continuing to protect objects of significance.
As usual, there’s plenty of misinformation making the rounds. Here are a few quick facts to correct the record:
Myth: No president has ever shrunk a monument.
- Fact: Monuments have been shrunk at least 18 times—by presidents on both sides of the aisle.
Myth: This move will sell or close national parks.
- Fact: No national parks are under review, and the Administration adamantly opposes wholesale transfer of any public lands.
Myth: The review was done behind closed doors.
- Fact: Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke personally held more than 60 meetings with local stakeholders, including numerous tribal groups.
Read about Trump’s order for yourself: