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Must Read in The Nation About Ryan Zinke’s Effort to Silence Public Input on Public Lands

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It hasn’t taken Ryan Zinke long to show that, far from being a “Teddy Roosevelt Republican, he’s just another corporate tool in the Trump Administration. The Nation reports that he’s doing everything he can to keep the public from having input on monument designations in Utah:

But Zinke has not made it easy for the public to participate in the review process—in fact, in some ways he’s made it more difficult. As The Salt Lake Tribune reports, Zinke held no public meetings during his Utah trip, in contrast to his predecessor Sally Jewell, who held a four-hour meeting prior to the designation of the Bears Ears monument, with more than 1,000 in attendance. Zinke met with pro-monument and Native American groups for less than two hours, while he traveled “extensively” with prominent members of the anti-monument camp throughout his four-day trip, which was largely organized by Republican Governor Gary Herbert, a critic of the monuments.

Watch out, Montana. He’s coming for the Upper Missouri River Breaks next.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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