CRS Report for Congress: National Monument Issues

Part of the Antiquities Act project

Author(s): Carol Hardy Vincent

Year: 2002


Presidential creation of national monuments under the Antiquities Act of 1906 often has been contentious. Recent controversy has focused on President Clinton’s creation of 19 new monuments and expansion of 3 others. Issues have related to the size of the areas and types of resources protected, the inclusion of non-federal lands within monument boundaries, restrictions on land uses, and the manner in which the monuments were created. The Bush Administration is reviewing President Clinton’s monument actions and developing management plans for some of the monuments. Congress is considering measures to limit the President’s authority to create monuments and to alter particular monuments. Monument supporters assert that these changes are not warranted and that the courts and large segments of the public have supported monument designations. This report will be updated to reflect changes.

Cite this Record

CRS Report for Congress: National Monument Issues. Carol Hardy Vincent. Order Code ,RS20902. 2002 ( tDAR id: 375628) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8833R66

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