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Status of 4 Arizona National Monuments in jeopardy

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President Trump signed an executive order that instructed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review as many as 40 national monuments across the country. Four of the national monuments in question are in Arizona.

The order requires a review of national monuments named over the last 21 years that are more than 100,000 acres. In Tucson, it would include Ironwood Forest, which was given national monument status in 2000 by President Bill Clinton.

President Trump’s demand for review is to determine if any of his three predecessors exceeded their authority. Currently, half of the national monuments, including the four largest were established within the past three administrations. However, national monuments make up only a small share of all the land owned by the federal government.

No president has ever tried to revoke a national monument named by a predecessor. Arizona has 18 national parks and monuments, more than any other state in the U.S.

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