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May 22, 2018

If courts are ever going to strike down an illegal national monument, this’ll be it

Often, it seems the federal government has it out for the English language. The President and federal agencies routinely twist the words in statutes beyond recognition. For instance, PLF has long challenged EPA’s bizarre claim that dry land is “water” under the Clean Water Act. The government’s no fan of consistency, so it s ...

March 22, 2018

In Northeast Canyons monument case, will President Trump follow the Secretary of Interior’s recommendation to lift illegal fishing prohibitions or will he defend his predecessor’s Antiquities Act abuse?

The wheels of justice grind slowly. And sometimes they come to a complete halt. That’s what happened over the past year to fishermen challenging the illegal designation of a 5,000 square mile national monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The first anniversary of the filing of their case passed several weeks and they are still waiting ...

February 01, 2018

Utahns should not have to rely on the federal government to defend their access to public lands

PLF filed a reply brief in support of our clients' motion to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the reduction of the Bears Ears National Monument. ...

January 11, 2018

The costs (and lack of benefits) of designating a national monument

PLF has joined with Utahns to defend the reduction in the Bears Ears Monument. ...

September 27, 2017

Yes, Trump can revoke national monuments

The Washington Post has published my op-ed defending the President's power to revoke existing national monuments. Several months ago, President Trump ordered a review of the last 21 years of monument designations. For good reason, the evidence is indisputable that abuse of the monument power has been far worse the last few years. ...

August 24, 2017

Pacific Legal Foundation Applauds Administration’s Monument Review

The Department of Interior and Secretary Zinke announced the conclusion of an extensive, public review of national monuments. ...

July 11, 2017

What next for President Trump’s reconsideration of national monuments?

Yesterday was the deadline for public comments on the Department of Interior's recommendation to the President about what to do about the 27 large national monuments established since the Clinton administration. ...

June 14, 2017

Interior Secretary Zinke recommends Bears Ears reduction

Ryan Zinke, the Secretary for the Department of the Interior, recommended a reduction in the size of the Bears Ears National Monument, consistent with comments PLF sent to the Secretary last month. ...

May 27, 2017

Weekly litigation report — May 27, 2017

PLF urges the Administration to reverse Antiquities Act abuses  We submitted comments to the Department of Interior regarding its review of the Bears Ears National Monument. The Monument, like several others made in the past twenty years, is not a small reservation of land to protect historic artifacts. Instead, it prevents multiple and productive ...

May 26, 2017

PLF urges the Administration to reverse Antiquities Act abuses

As readers of this blog are aware, many Presidents have abused their power under the Antiquities Act to prevent productive use on federal lands (and on the ocean). President Trump has ordered a review of several of these Monuments, and the Department of the Interior has solicited comments from the public. Yesterday, PLF submitted comments ...