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In his recommendations, Zinke has pinpointed four national monuments for boundary modifications including Bears Ears and also Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, Gold Butte in Nevada and Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon.

The document is said to detail Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendations to Trump on 10 particular monuments following a four-month review of about two dozen national monuments, including the Río Grande del Norte near Taos and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks near Las Cruces.

In a 19-page "Memorandum for the President" entitled "Executive Summary and Impressions of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke" bearing the subject line "Final Report Summarizing Findings of the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act", Zinke lays out recommendations on 10 national monuments out of 27 he claimed to review. In addition, two marine national monuments, Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll, were listed for modification.

President Obama created Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on 87,500 acres just east of Baxter State Park in August 2016 after years of heated debate.

Cascade-SiskiyouPilot Rock rises into the clouds in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument near Lincoln, Ore. At the end of the process, Zinke gave his suggested changes to President Trump. Zinke reportedly also recommended altering several other sites.

Now, thanks to a report leaked to the Washington Post, we know.

But even without recommending any cuts to the monuments in New Mexico, the memo unsettled advocates. She said the expansion helps protect biodiversity, especially as the climate changes.

"Secretary Zinke has also put forward a recommendation that encourages the White House to rework the land management so that logging and snowmobiling, two industries with historic, cultural and economic ties to the region, can continue to be permitted and support important ME jobs".

Interior Secretary Endorses Shrinking 6 National Monuments

This is the first time that a presidential administration has attempted to massively reduce or eliminate a National Monument. He stressed that the Antiquities Act of 1906, which authorizes a president to create a monument, limits their size "to the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected".

Carrizo Plain National Monument, a 246,000-acre area owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management east of San Luis Obispo that is famous for carpets of wildflowers and that contains the largest native grassland remaining in California.

Jamie Williams, president of the Wilderness Society, said the recommendations apparently made by Zinke "represent an unprecedented assault on our parks and public lands" by the Trump administration. He also said that Bears Ears monument in Utah should be downsized. "We're making sure the proclamation doesn't impede using the land in a way that's reasonable and with common sense", Zinke said in a press conference after the tour and meeting.

Mr Zinke also suggests exploring the possibility of recognising three new national monuments: Kentucky's Camp Nelson, an 1863 Union Army outpost where African American regiments trained; the MS home of murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers; and the Badger-Two Medicine area in Montana, which is sacred ground for the Blackfeet Nation.

Allowing "active timber management" was among the ideas for Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters, as it used to be private land, which was often used for snowmobiling too.

Zinke recommended ending the prohibition on logging on that land.

The Bears Ears Monument has been the most controversial of all of the targeted areas since Zinke's review began.

"It's a true shame Trump's team would rather benefit a few fossil fuel industry-insiders than valuing the history of diverse cultures, recreation spaces that bring billions of dollars to the American economy and the benefits of public lands for future generations", Denver-based Sierra Club organizer Kim Pope said in a news release Monday.