Three More Monuments Recommendations Are In

Canyon of the Ancients National Monument review
Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. Photo by Bob Wicks, Bureau of Land Management

Idaho’s Craters of the Moon, Washington’s Hanford Reach, and now Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients have made it through round one of the national monument review unscathed.  


U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke announced last Friday that he has recommended no changes be made to Canyon of the Ancients, a 178,000 acre monument containing an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 archaeological sites, located in southwest Colorado and managed by the Bureau of Land Management.  


In a statement, Colorado Representative Scott Tipton said, “I am pleased that Secretary Zinke and the Department of the Interior recognize the cultural and historic significance of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and will make no changes to the designation.” 


Zinke recommended no changes be made to Craters of the Moon and Hanford Reach July 13. 


According to the “Presidential Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act,” a final report containing all of the recommendations must be submitted to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, and the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality within 120 days of the date of the order, April 26, 2017.

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