Trump's Plan to Dismantle National Monuments Comes With Steep Cultural and Ecological Costs
4 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2017 Last revised: 28 Mar 2019
Date Written: May 3, 2017
Essay: In the few days since President Trump issued his Executive Order on National Monuments, many legal scholars have questioned the legality of his actions under the Antiquities Act. Indeed, if the president attempts to revoke or downsize a monument designation, such actions would be on shaky, if any, legal ground.
But beyond President Trump’s dubious reading of the Antiquities Act, his threats also implicate a suite of other cultural and ecological laws implemented within our national monuments. By opening a Department of Interior review of all large-scale monuments designated since 1996, Trump places at risk two decades’ worth of financial and human investment in areas such as endangered species protection, ecosystem health, recognition of tribal interests and historical protection.
Keywords: public lands, national monuments, ecology, cultural resources
JEL Classification: Q26, Q38, Q58, K32
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