Editorial: New comanagement proposals for US NPs don’t address tough practical issues
Washington, DC — New proposals to jointly manage federal lands with local Indian tribes do not address the major practical difficulties of dealing with disputes that inevitably arise, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Nor do they specify tribal powers to limit public access, harvest resources, or veto federal decisions on federal lands they would co-manage.
In a recent memo to the White House, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed “tribal comanagement” of four national monuments – Bears Ears National Monument (UT), Rio Grande Del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (NM), and Gold Butte National Monument (NV) – as well as a proposed new Badger-Two Medicine monument (MT). His memo offers no specificity on what this arrangement would mean or how it would work.