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    President Must Act to Protect, Not Risk, National Monuments

    They call it overreach; I call it common sense. While the Trump administration works to undermine the executive branch’s ability to claim land as national monuments and, notably, shield its use from development, I fear the worst for beloved national landmarks. Currently, the Pacific Remote Islands — designated by President George W. Bush and enlarged by President Obama — are among the most at risk. In my home state of South Dakota, significant effort is directed toward safeguarding places of ecological and cultural importance, and I say that’s a tradition that needs to continue.

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