Zinke will al­low Ari­zona mon­u­ment to re­main

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WASH­ING­TON» In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ryan Zinke says he is not rec­om­mend­ing changes to Ari­zona’s Grand Canyon-Parashant Na­tional Mon­u­ment. The re­serve west of the Grand Canyon is the fifth Zinke has re­moved from an on­go­ing re­view of na­tional mon­u­ments for pos­si­ble elim­i­na­tion or re­duc­tion.

Zinke said the Ari­zona site has some of the most pris­tine ge­o­log­i­cal for­ma­tions in North Amer­ica, “which show the sci­en­tific his­tory of our Earth while con­tain­ing thou­sands of years of hu­man relics and fos­sils.”

The mil­lion-acre site over­seen by the In­te­rior Depart­ment was des­ig­nated as a mon­u­ment in 2000.

Zinke is re­view­ing 27 na­tional mon­u­ments des­ig­nated by pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents un­der an or­der from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who says many mon­u­ment des­ig­na­tions are un­war­ranted land grabs by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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