Zinke Reportedly Recommended Shrinking These 3 National Monuments

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Zinke Reportedly Recommended Shrinking These 3 National Monuments
President Donald Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review roughly two dozen national monuments earlier this year.
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reportedly suggested reducing the size of at least three national monuments.

Zinke didn't make the report he submitted to President Donald Trump public, but The Washington Post — which cited "multiple individuals briefed on the decision" — reported the monuments are located in Utah and Oregon.

One is Utah's Bears Ears National Monument, which Zinke recommended shrinking in June. Then-President Barack Obama designated the 1.35 million-acre monument shortly before he left office. 

The Post reports the other Utah monument is the 1.9 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante, which was created in 1996.

And in Oregon, Zinke reportedly wants to reduce the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Bill Clinton established it in 2000, and Obama expanded it this year to encompass a total area over 170,000 acres.

The Antiquities Act of 1906 gives presidents the power to establish historic landmarks or structures on federal lands as national monuments. But Trump claims previous administrations abused it.

So Trump signed an executive order in April that tasked Zinke with reviewing roughly two dozen national monuments Clinton, George W. Bush or Obama created.

Previous presidents have reduced the size of national monuments more than a dozen times. The largest reduction was in 1915, when Woodrow Wilson cut more than 300,000 acres from the Mount Olympus National Monument.

Zinke told The Associated Press he did not recommend eliminating any of the national monuments he reviewed.