Congress Introduces Bill toHelp Prevent Road Closures, Ensure Public Participation When Designating National Monuments
- Under the law, the President can designate monuments through Executive Order without input from the local community.
- H.R. 1459 would ensure that local recreation enthusiasts are included in the decision-making process for any National Monument over 5,000 acres. The bill would require an environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Monuments of smaller sizes would not require a NEPA review, but would expire after 3 years if not ratified by Congress.
- H.R. 1459 limits the President to one monument designation per state, per four-year term. Any additional designations would be subject to approval by the U.S. Congress.
- H.R. 1459 ensures a more collaborate public approach to land use decisions and would include a discussion on the positive economic impact of motorized recreation activities, which accounts for over $257 million in annual economic impact nationwide.
- In 1996, President Clinton set aside 1.9 million acres of land in Southern Utah as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. President Obama is now under pressure to establish a 1.4 million acres “Greater Canyonlands National Monument,” closing 1,050 of off-road vehicle trails and monitoring another 1,450 miles for future closure.
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