Rush More Monuments
Building on his record-setting use of the 1906 Antiquities Act, Pres. Clinton is expected to designate at least five more national monuments, including lands in Montana, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Enviros have in mind more than a dozen potential monument sites, including the Siskiyou region in southwestern Oregon. But the president’s use of the 1906 act has enraged many Western Republicans. Rep. James Hansen (R-Utah), who is expected to chair the House Resources Committee, has pledged to explore ways to turn back monument designations, and Vice President-elect Dick Cheney, in particular, has seemed amenable to the idea.