March 31, 2017

Video: Presidential Authority to Revoke or Reduce National Monument Designations

By Collin B. Callahan Media Relations Manager

This week, PLF’s Todd Gaziano and Professor John Yoo (who is also a new member of PLF’s Board of Trustees) released a new study that explains why President Trump has the authority to reduce or revoke national monuments.

The study was released at a very well attended event on Capitol Hill hosted by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and opening remarks from House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop.

Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed from Gaziano and Yoo on this very subject, and Gaziano recently blogged on the paper here.

You can read the full paper here.

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Bears Ears National Monument Litigation

In December 2016, under cover of the Antiquities Act, President Obama unilaterally created the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument. One year later, President Trump slashed the size of the monument by 85 percent—to around 200,000 acres, freeing up more than one million acres for public use. Outerwear retailer Patagonia, environmental groups, and others sued the federal government, saying the President’s decision was illegal. On behalf of recreationists, ranchers, sportsmen and conservation organizations, and Utah state representative Michael Noel, Pacific Legal Foundation is defending the monument’s reduction to ensure that public lands remain accessible to everyone.

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