2 New Mexico monuments could shrink after national review

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Two New Mexico national monuments will not be eliminated but instead, might be shrunk.

The Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the results of his review of monuments across the country Thursday.

Sen. Martin Heinrich and other conservation and environmental groups are coming together to emphasize the importance of two national monuments in the state.

Organ Mountains Desert Peaks and Rio Grande Del Norte monuments have been under review all summer.

They are just two of 27 monuments across the nation that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been looking into.

Thursday is Zinke’s deadline to make recommendations to President Trump about whether to shrink the size of the national monuments, remove designations or keep the sites as they are.

Zinke told the Associated Press Thursday he will not recommend eliminating any national monuments, but will suggest changes to some boundaries and that they would remain in federal control and would not affect public access.

Sen. Heinrich said he won’t stand for any changes.

“I think we got it right on these two monuments and it would be wrong for Washington D.C. after the local communities really defined these places to come in and say hey we’re going to reorganize your monuments and change them,” Heinrich said.

Sen. Heinrich said these monuments have created a boost to local economies.

He also says he’ll introduce legislation and work with Sen. Udall to fight any changes.


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