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Will Trump really spare the 346000-acre San Gabriel Mountains National Monument?

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A hiker on Soda Mountain in the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument

A Virgin Valley Water District map shows the requested boundary change in the Gold Butte National Monument that would exclude five of six springs that will potentially provide water to Mesquite and Bunkerville in the future.

After a controversial review of federal lands, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said definitively Tuesday that New Mexico's Rio Grande del Norte and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks monuments would not be reduced in size.

Zinke recommended that regional fishery management councils make decisions about commercial fishing in each of the sites, as authorized by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Add three new national monuments - Secretary Zinke recommended beginning a process to consider three new national monuments: The Badger II Medicine Area (Montana), Camp Nelson (Kentucky), and the Medgar Evers Home (Mississippi).

"We've been saying for a long time that a shot fired at one monument is a shot fired at them all", he said.

"There will of course be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement - but we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a place of greater understanding and co-operation", Trump said.

When told on Tuesday that Zinke's final report carrying out the executive order did not mention the Stonewall Monument in its targeted list of monuments, Berman said he was pleased but concerned about what might happen later.

"And given the sway that the far right and the religious right has over the decision making process in this administration, I feel that we need to remain vigilant whether it's about the Stonewall or a whole range of other decisions that could come down from this administration with implications for the LGBT community", he said.

"While I'm heartened to know that the Stonewall dodged the bullet in this round I think it is extremely disturbing and bad this president and his administration is going back and seeking to undo national monument designations", Berman told the Washington Blade.

Earlier this week, Trump signed presidential proclamations slashing the size of two Utah sites, the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Both are located in Utah.

Interior Secretary Zinke praised the announcement on Twitter, writing that Trump's decision gave rural Americans a voice.

When Trump announced he would dramatically shrink Utah's monuments, Native American leaders, along with environmental and conservation groups, vowed to take the fight to court.

"There is no explanation in the Proclamation as to why the objects are threatened by well-regulated commercial fishing", Zinke wrote, referring to President Obama's proclamation establishing the 3.14-million-acre nautical monument in 2016. British Prime Minister Theresa May said she planned to call Trump to discuss her country's support for a two-state solution.

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