New Mexico

BREAKING: Interior Dept. to review Organ Mountains National Monument per Trump's executive order

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - The Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument near Las Cruces will reviewed under a presidential order issued by President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Friday.

The national monument, consisting of more than 496,000 acres, was designated by President Barack Obama in  2014.

The Interior Department released a list of 27 national monuments it is reviewing. Also included, the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah and Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine.

The list includes 22 monuments on federal land in 11 states and five marine monuments in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The review includes a huge reserve in Hawaii established in 2006 and expanded by President Barack Obama.

The reviews were expected under an executive order issued last month by President Donald Trump, but the White House had not released a list of specific projects.

Trump's April 26 order could upend protections put in place under a 1906 law that authorizes the president to declare federal lands and waters as monuments and restrict their use


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