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Letter: Trump was right to cut size of national monuments

Recently, President Trump had Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke review our national monuments. They decided that we could decrease the size of Bear's Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante monuments without endangering the vital parts of these two monuments.

The Grand Staircase came into being in 1996 with President Clinton in charge. It was 1.9 million acres. Trump and Zinke plan to trim it to 1 million acres, having three parts to it.

According to the Antiquities Act of 1906, national monuments are to be confined to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected. I believe they accomplished that.How many people would you have to hire to properly manager a monument of 1 million acres?

The second trimming is to Bear's Ears monument, which came into existence in 2016 under President Obama. It was 1.3 million acres at first, and now will be 200,000 acres, which is still a lot of land to properly manage.

Our government owns 84 percent of Nevada and 66 percent of Utah. It controls 47 percent of all land west of the Mississippi River, and only 4 percent of the land east of the Mississippi. I would like to see much of that land returned to private ownership, where it would become productive and begin generating property taxes and other funds from private ownership.

I'm not sure if many know this, but our parks are designated by Congress, but monuments are created by presidents, according to the provisions in the Antiquities Act of 1906.—Jordell O. Brose, Detroit Lakes