Cheers and Jeers for President Trump’s Declaration on National Monuments

Environmental groups, state officials and Native American tribes are all promising to file lawsuits against a move by the Trump Administration to shrink several national monuments, including the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon.

President Trump says the declaration returns the land to local people, but critics say the move opens the land to environmental destruction, desecration of historic sites and the likelihood of energy exploration by corporate interests.

Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton takes a closer look at the largest rollback of federal land protection in the nation’s history.