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The Honorable Secretary Ryan Zinke
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Dear Secretary Zinke:
On behalf of hunters, anglers, outdoor recreationists, businesses and conservationists in
Montana, we are writing to request the Department of the Interior release its full report on the
fate of public lands under review by your office pursuant to President Trump’s Executive Order
to decrease or remove protections for our national monuments.
You have concluded the review of 27 national monuments and suggested that a ‘handful’ of
national monuments in the West will be reduced in size. However, the Department of Interior
released only a scant two-page summary that provides no details on which monuments will be
targeted for changes to their boundaries or to their management. The summary includes no
information on the criteria for your recommendations or how recommendations will affect public
access to those public lands.
While we are pleased the Administration acknowledged the overwhelming public support for our
national monuments throughout the review process, we are deeply concerned the results of the
public process are being hidden behind closed doors. Montanans who hunt, fish, camp and
recreate on national monuments, as well as the Western businesses that rely on this economic
activity, deserve to know which monuments are in the crosshairs.
The stakes are high in Montana because shrinking even one national monument sets a dangerous
precedent that will forever leave others vulnerable, including the Missouri River Breaks. We are
concerned these recommendations will create a new precedent where future administrations
could continue to attempt to shrink public lands and the budgets that maintain them.
Montanans and individuals throughout the West have spoken loud and clear about the need to
honor local input into current land management designations. Your report to the President should
not be shrouded in the dark cloak of secrecy. Montanans value openness and transparency in
government as much as we value our public lands.
We deserve to know whether our voices matter in the process. Because our public lands belong
to all Americans, we request that you publicly release the report you have sent to the President


Marne Hayes, Director
Business for Montana Outdoors
Dave Chadwick, Executive Director
Montana Wildlife Federation
John Sullivan, Co-chair
Montana Chapter, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Nicole Fugere, Missouri River Outfitters
Hold Our Ground citizen coalition
Shane Doyle, Educator and Crow Tribal Member
Hold Our Ground citizen coalition
Larry Epstein, Retired Glacier County Attorney
Hold Our Ground citizen coalition
Hilary Hutcheson, Host Trout TV
Hold Our Ground citizen coalition
Becky Edwards, Director
Montanan Mountain Mamas
Neal Gunnels, Executive Director
Friends of Pompeys Pillar
Tim Dwyer, Executive Director
Friends of Missouri Breaks
John Todd, Conservation Director
Montana Wilderness Association
Barb Cestero, Senior Regional Representative
The Wilderness Society
Clayton Elliot, Executive Director
Montana Conservation Voters
Brian Sybert, Executive Director
Conservation Lands Foundation

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