GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- - 27 national monuments are under review, as the Trump administration considers rearranging their boundaries. A movement traveling throughout the west hopes to send a message about the review to the administration and Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and their first stop was in Grand Junction.
The Monuments to America RV Road Tour will be heading to six towns in six different states across the western part of the country and holding press conferences about the potential of shrinking the size of national monuments. Those on the tour do not want the administration to reduce the size of the monuments. "This is something we all agree is valuable and important, this is our heritage, it's our legacy," said Sarah Shrader, the owner of Bonsai Design.
Those supporting the tour said the outdoor recreation industry contributed over three million dollars a year to the local economy, and supplies around 2,000 jobs. "Our national monuments and our public lands are crucial to growing the west's economy, particularly in rural towns," said Aaron Weiss of the Center for Western Priorities.
The tour said to contact elected officials to express an opinion about this issue. "Hopefully, the administration will make the decision to take these dozens of national monuments off the table and say these places are places that deserve to be protected," said Greg Zimmerman, the deputy director of the Center for Western Priorities.
Those who support the review said because some of the monuments were designated through an executive order, they would like to see more local elected officials have a say in where these boundaries ought to be.