Kilmer Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Remove Protections from Millions of Acres of Public Land

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) made the following statement after President Donald Trump announced he will remove protections from nearly two million acres of public land in Utah:

“This is a short-sighted decision that takes us in the wrong direction,” Rep. Derek Kilmer said. “National monuments – in our state and around the nation – have not only protected environmentally and culturally sensitive areas, they have also proven to be significant economic drivers. That’s why Democrats and Republicans have, for decades, supported these designations.  The Administration’s decision will have irreversible consequences that reach far beyond these first two monuments. I am disappointed in this attack on our public lands, and I will continue fighting to protect these national treasures.”