AFP Thanks Interior Secretary for Recommendations to Rein in Antiquities Act Abuses

Aug 24, 2017 by AFP

Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity is commending the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke after he sent President Trump a series of recommendations designed to give additional flexibility to local communities impacted by overly broad management of federal lands under the Antiquities Act. 

Secretary Zinke recently completed a 120-day review process that included sites with over 100,000 federal acres designated as national monuments under federal management. These include natural geological sites like Bears Ears in Utah or the Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah. 

Americans for Prosperity Vice President of External Affairs Christine Harbin released this statement thanking the Secretary:

“In recent years, the federal government has used the Antiquities Act to dramatically increase the amount of land it’s seizing control of – with monuments designated under President Obama nearly 200 times the average size of those President Theodore Roosevelt was initially authorizing. 

“We’re pleased that Secretary Zinke has undertaken a review of these large sites from the past two decades to ensure the government is not needlessly encroaching on local economic use, tribal activities, recreation, or simple public access. 

“The government should adhere to the ‘smallest area compatible’ standard laid out in statute to ensure local communities, who know the area best, can enjoy or utilize the remaining land. We also encourage President Trump to follow in the footsteps of the five previous presidents who have rightfully adjusted the size of these sites per the review findings.”



“The Antiquities Act has been hijacked” (Op-ed, Grant Kidwell, The Hill, 12 May 2017). 

AFP Applauds President Trump’s Call to Review National Monument Designations (, 26 April 2017). 

AFP Joins Broad Coalition to Reduce or Rescind Needless National Monuments (, 1 June 2017).


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