Status of US national monuments following government review

Status of US national monuments following government review

Democrats in Congress will put the issue back in the spotlight Wednesday in a hearing before the House Natural Resources Committee.

Here's a breakdown of Zinke's recommended changes:

— Bears Ears National Monument, Utah. Recommendation: shrink size. Outcome: Trump cut size by about 85 percent to 315 square miles (816 square kilometers). Divided park into two areas.

— Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah. Recommendation: shrink size. Outcome: Trump cut size by nearly half, to 1,569 square miles (4,064 square kilometers).

— Gold Butte, Nevada. Recommendation: shrink size. Outcome: no action.

— Cascade Siskiyou, Oregon. Recommendation: shrink size. Outcome: no action.

— Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, New Mexico. Recommendations: protect grazing, ensure hunters and fishers do not lose access. Outcome: no action.

— Rio Grande Del Norte, New Mexico. Recommendation: protect grazing, ensure hunters and fishers do not lose access, co-manage land with tribes. Outcome: no action

— Katahdin Woods and Waters, Maine. Recommendation: allow more trees to be cut to thin forests without commercial logging, ensure snowmobiling and hunting are taken into account in a management plan. Outcome: no action.

— Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, in the Atlantic Ocean off the New England coast. Recommendation: allow commercial fishing. Outcome: no action.

— Pacific Remote Islands, in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii. Recommendation: allow commercial fishing. Outcome: no action.

— Rose Atoll, in the Pacific Ocean near American Samoa. Recommendation: allow commercial fishing. Outcome: no action.

— Badger-Two Medicine area, Montana. Recommendation: new monument. Outcome: no action.

— Medgar Evers' home, Jackson, Mississippi. Recommendation: new monument. Outcome: created by act of Congress.

— Camp Nelson, Kentucky. Recommendation: new monument. Outcome: designated as monument by President Trump.