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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Trump's Land Grab

In Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, National Parks and public lands have been in the news a lot.  From day one, it appears our national heritage has been front and center, and far too often in the president's cross hairs.

Recently, President Trump issued an executive order requiring a review of some national monuments. A list of the monuments in question and DOI initial thinking on the review can be found here.

On today's National Park Talk we dive into the Antiquities Act, federal law that gives the president the authority to designate national monuments, what congress' thinking was at the time when they passed the act, what this review could mean, why its happening, and most importantly what we can do to protect our public domain.

Want to get involved and help protect your public lands and national monuments?  Add your name to the White House petition found here and send the president a message that you support national monuments.

Sean Smith is an award winning conservationist and author. He is a former National Park Ranger at Yellowstone, a TEDx speaker, and private pilot. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1989 with a degree in Political Science. He got his master's in Natural Resources Management from Central Washington University in 1996. He currently runs Washington State's efforts to reduce and eliminate toxic chemicals from consumer products and serves as the Mayor Pro Tem of Covington.

He has been writing stories and books since he was a child and currently writes national park thrillers from the shadow of Mount Rainier.

All his novels can be found here: Mr. Sean D Smith

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