Rep. Tom O’Halleran Sends Letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

May 5, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) penned a letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke concerning the recent executive order directing the Department of Interior to review the establishment history and status of national monuments created since 1996.

“Arizona’s First Congressional District includes some of our nation’s most treasured public lands, including the Grand Canyon,” Rep. O’Halleran wrote. “These public lands play an important role in our economy, preserve vital water resources and wildlife, and help us ensure that future generations will also see these beautiful places.”

The executive order, signed by President Trump on April 26, orders the review of 25 existing national monuments, including the Grand Canyon-Parashant, Ironwood Forest, Vermillion Cliffs, and the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Under the order, Secretary Zinke will provide a report on the review to President Trump within 120 days.

“While your review is required to consider factors including scope and size of national monuments, I urge your review to engage local communities through public comments and on-the-ground listening tours,” continued O’Halleran. “I would also ask you to consider the importance of the economic impacts these lands have on our local and state economies.”