Last Chance To Comment On President Obama's Antiquities Act Monuments, Say No

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The Mojave Desert Land Trust was on the radio last week campaigning for support to encourage President Trump to discontinue the review of President Obama's abuse of the 1906 Antiquities Act. The Law designated dozens of new Monument that we said no to through our local representative, the Honorary Col Paul Cook Ret. USMC.

I called into the local radio station and plead the best I could, one of her comments was, "well we choose to use the legislative process to get the monuments into law".

You can find the regulation at this link, use this number in the search box, DOI-2017-0002 (you can see comments from others at the link below, then click on the "Comment Now" tab next to someone's comment to navigate to the Comment Form:
https://www.regulations.gov/

Or you can go directly here, I think this goes directly to the Comment form:

https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001



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"MONDAY IS THE DEADLINE TO COMMENT ON NATIONAL MONUMENT CHANGES
By Z107.7 News, on July 6th, 2017
The Department of the Interior is reviewing the boundaries of 27 national monuments, including two in our region, to determine if the boundaries should be revised. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the deadline to comment on making any changes is Monday…
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was ordered by Donald Trump to review the designations of 27 national monuments to determine whether they should remain as is or decrease in size. Zinke has already recommended shrinking the borders of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Two national monuments in our region are under review: Sand to Snow National Monument, and Mojave Trails National Monument. The Department of the Interior is accepting public comments on the department’s review of these national monuments until Monday, July 10.
You may submit written comments online at###http://www.regulations.gov###by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240". End Quote
 



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The public lands near the populated areas have all been locked to everyone except hikers, or turned into Wilderness Parks or Areas. Then the protectors start to campaign for restriction, or use local laws, the legislative processes. Then they slowly block people out by requiring permits, fire closures, muddy road closures, everything they can until nobody will have access.

Almost all areas have been restricted to foot traffic only, with the access designed so that only the fittest of people are able to enter. Most of the historic jeep trials have been closed, the Wildlands Conservancy already has the Whitewater Preserve, and the Mission Creek Preserve. When they took control no more kids trout fishing was implemented, and eventually no access with firearms, and fire restriction closures.
Then we have BLM's Big Morongo Preserve, they eventually increase a 2 mile buffer zone from the Preserve boundary, no more deer hunting in that zone, no hunting period. Then we have the Joshua Tree National Park that expands by gobbling up BLM land that the other side can't restrict, and in a1 year period only a hand full of hikers use it. JTNP took control of BLM lands along its north boundary on the northeast section, from Ironage Road just past the Cadiz Wilderness access. That happened around the year 2000, along highway 62. They have tried over and over to get us out of the Mojave National Preserve, the only reason they have failed is because hunting and fishing are an activity that is written into the Preserve creation. This Sand To Snow Monument butts up against the MNP.

I will mention the lands closed or redirected from Perris, Lake Mathews, Lake Elsinore Corona, Lytle Creek , Palm Spring, Edom Hill, Windy Point to Angle Canyon along highway 111,m. The access to the Little San Bernardino Mountains from highway 62 behind Desert Hot Spring all the way to Indio to Desert Center. They had Glamis Dunes for awhile. The Sage Road out of Hemet. There's just too many to mention. I hope my point was made. In closing please look at a map and you'll see the Wilderness Areas and Parks that have been created, start looking around Chino.
 

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You can voice your opinion in the Village of Joshua Tree tonight, here's the information:

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"MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT, PROTECTED LANDS AND TOURISM ON AGENDA
By Z107.7 News, on July 10th, 2017
The Morongo Basin MAC has a busy agenda tonight, ranging from tourism to protected lands. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If you’re alarmed by government threats to reduce the boundaries of federally protected lands, tonight’s your chance to be heard. That’s when the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council considers a resolution supporting the existing boundaries of two such Southern California areas: The Sand to Snow and Mojave Trails National Monuments.

Sand to Snow comprises 154,000 acres including some of the San Gorgonio Wilderness, while Mojave Trails covers 941,000 acres including a long stretch of historic Route 66.

Both are set to be reviewed by the Interior Department following an executive order by President Trump earlier this year.
In other business, the Council will hear a county update by Supervisor James Ramos and a report on tourism for fiscal 2016/17.
Tonight’s meeting gets underway 6:30 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Avenue".End Quote
 

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Update:
"The Morongo Advisory Council unanimously voted for the Sand To Snow Monument.

I could be worse, at least Congressman Paul Cook is recommending a narrowing of the Mojave Trails Monument. Mr Cook is reccomending the protection of significant sites and not just an open land grab by abusing the 1906 Antiquities Act. Here's the latest":

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http://z1077fm.com/congressman-cook-...ed-or-reduced/
"CONGRESSMAN COOK WANTS 23 OF 27 NATIONAL MONUMENTS RESCINDED OR REDUCED
By Z107.7 News, on July 13th, 2017
Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley was one of 17 members of Congress who sent a letter last month to the Secretary of the Interior, urging him to rescind or reduce in size 23 of 27 national monuments created under the Antiquities Act. Secretary Ryan Zinke is reviewing the national monuments after Donald Trump issued an executive order in April ordering the review of national monuments created since 1996 that are larger than 100,000 acres. Two of the national monuments under review are in our area: Mojave Trails, and Sand to Snow National Monuments. Cook and the 16 other congressmen recommended that Sand to Snow National Monument remain unchanged. However, they wrote that the 1.6 million-acre Mojave Trails National Monument, which surrounds the southern half of the Mojave National Preserve, be “confined to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” Prior to its designation as a national monument by President Obama in 2016, Mojave Trails was a congressionally designated wilderness of 350,000 acres. The congressmen recommended that 10 national monuments be completely rescinded; eight reduced in size to “the smallest area compatible,” three reduced to specific sizes, and no changes to four national monuments".

The congressmen’s letter can be seen at
https://www.mdlt.org/docs/6-30-17_Le...ies_Review.pdf End Quote
 


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