public lands initiative
Our public lands and waters are an American birthright and are the foundation of America’s $887 billion outdoor economy. President Trump signed an executive order in April that is a first step towards chopping up public lands and making them more vulnerable to development and mineral extraction. The executive order opens up 27 national monuments to the possibility of drilling, mining, and other private exploitation.
The Department of Interior issued a preliminary report on Bears Ears National Monument, the first public land on the chopping block after the executive order. This report recommends shrinking the size of the monument by 95%.
Thank you to the South Carolinians and 2.7 million others in the United States who submitted comments to Secretary Zinke. These comments were overwhelmingly in support of protecting and preserving the 27 national monuments under review. We anticipate a final report from Secretary Zinke in September.