Zinke spares Up­per Mis­souri mon­u­ment, keeps at cur­rent size

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Ben Wolfgang

In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ryan Zinke on Wed­nes­day spared an­other his­toric site, an­nounc­ing that he will not rec­om­mend any changes to the Up­per Mis­souri River Breaks Na­tional Mon­u­ment.

In a state­ment, the sec­re­tary said the 378,000-acre mon­u­ment is no longer a part of his com­pre­hen­sive re­view of more than two dozen mon­u­ments across the coun­try.

“To­day I’m an­nounc­ing the re­view of the Up­per Mis­souri River Breaks Na­tional Mon­u­ment has con­cluded and I am rec­om­mend­ing to the pres­i­dent that no changes be made to the mon­u­ment,” he said. “The mon­u­ment is one of the only free-flow­ing ar­eas of the Mis­souri that re­mains as Lewis and Clark saw it more than 200 years ago.”

Up­per Mis­souri River Breaks is the fourth mon­u­ment to be spared by Mr. Zinke’s re­view, which was or­dered by Pres­i­dent Trump in late April. The sec­re­tary also has spared Colorado’s Canyons of the An­cients, Idaho’s Craters of the Moon, and Washington’s Han­ford Reach.

But Mr. Zinke did rec­om­mend ma­jor changes to the sprawl­ing Bears Ears Na­tional Mon­u­ment in Utah, sug­gest­ing that the 1.35 mil­lion-acre site be chopped up.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

U.S. In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ryan Zinke speaks dur­ing a news con­fer­ence near Gold Butte Na­tional

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