|Posted by nationalforestlawblog at 10:26 AM on March 03, 2010|
The Washington Times has this exclusive from Senator Jim Dement about a leaked Interior memo wherein the President plans to claim 14 Western properties. According to the memo the President will simply designate them as National Monuments which would ban recreation, hunting, grazing, forestry, energy development. Presidents Carter and Clinton used the same tactic to federalize countless areas during their terms.
Utah Representative Rob Bishop had the memo on his site but apparently the Interior Department has removed it. According to Bisop's blog:
A Department of Interior (DOI) document recently obtained by Congressman Bishop lists as many as 14 possible areas being considered for designation as national monuments by the President, two of which are located in Utah. Collectively, the areas listed in the document could encompass 13 million acres of federally owned land. Additionally, the document identifies millions of additional acres for new federal land acquisition.