How Will National Monuments Change Under Trump? It’s A Secret — But Here’s What We Do Know

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Photo: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument 1 | Saddle Horn Ruin
The Saddle Horn Ruin is in a cliff alcove along Sand Canyon Trail in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument near Cortez, Colorado.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recently completed a review of national monuments ordered by President Donald Trump. But in a surprise move he refused to say which monuments would change, and how.

Here's what we do know: Zinke called on the president to redraw the boundaries of a "handful" of the monuments. The New York Times later reported the exact number to be four, including Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. None was recommended for elimination.

Jennifer Yachin has followed the issue for E&E News, a news site that covers energy and the environment. She spoke to Colorado Matter's Nathan Heffel about what the recommendations reveal about Trump's public lands philosophy.

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