Executive Order on National Parks

WHAT IT IS

WHY IT MATTERS

The order would be the first time in American history that a president reversed a past president’s action under the Antiquities Act. Besides serving as a preservation of the nation’s landscape, public use of the lands may change after Zinke’s report.

  • THE TREE SHARERS – “You’re Hogging Up the Land”

    • Good for business: The defederalization of the parks would allow oil companies to explore untapped resources and promote fossil fuel development.
    • Jumping through loopholes: The Antiquities Act states that presidents can protect “the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected,” but recent park designations such as Obama’s 1.35 million acres for the Bear Ears National Monument exhibits a breach of power.
    • Remember the states: The ownership of federal land denies states the opportunity to develop local businesses and industry.
  • THE TREE HUGGERS – “These Public Parks Are Ours”

WHERE WE ARE NOW

  • Rinke has 45 days since the proclamation of Trump’s executive order to review the designated parks and monuments.
  • Protests in Utah against the potential depletion of public Bears Ears land occurred when Rinke visited Salt Lake City in early May.

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT