Giant Sequoias may have eluded Trump's ax
September 18, 2017
• Tulare County national monument not on list of cuts
• Trump mulls what to do about 10 other national monuments
Tulare County's Giant Sequoia National Monument, a 327,769-acre area in the Sierra Nevada in which giant sequoia trees are prominent, seems to have escaped President Donald Trump's axing of national monuments established by presidential orders.
The area east of Porterville includes about half of the world's total sequoia groves. It was set aside from commercial development in an executive order by President Bill Clinton 17 years ago. Although on an initial list of national monuments that could be shrunk in size or modified, it did not make the final cut of national monuments recommended for changes.
The list, part of a 19-page memo from Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to Mr. Trump, was obtained by the Washington Post. The list has been secret until revealed by the Post Sunday night.
It includes 10 national monuments:
• Bears Ear National Monument (Utah) [Barack Obama executive order]
• Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (Oregon and California) [Bill Clinton executive order; expanded in 2017 by Mr. Obama]
• Gold Butte National Monument (Nevada) [Obama executive order]
• Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (Utah) [Clinton executive order]
• Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (Maine) [Obama executive order]
• Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument (Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts) [Obama executive order]
• Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (New Mexico) [Obama executive order]
• Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (Pacific Ocean west of Hawaii) [George W. Bush executive order]
• Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument (New Mexico) [Obama executive order]
• Rose Atoll Marine National Monument (South Pacific Ocean east of American Samoa) [George W. Bush executive order]
Mr. Zinke calls for shrinking the sizes of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Gold Butte, and Cascade-Siskiyou plus two marine national monuments: Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll but does not specify how much each should be cut back.
The memo calls for allowing so-called “traditional” uses – cattle grazing, logging, coal mining and commercial fishing – on all of the ten national monuments on the list that went to Mr. Trump
There has been no indication from the Trump administration as to when the President might erase some of his predecessors' work.