California Attorney General to Trump: You Can’t Touch Our National Monuments

Areas with national monuments over 100,000 acres are shown. (Credit: Los Angeles Times Graphics)

California’s attorney general argued Thursday that President Trump has no legal authority to revoke or modify national monuments created by previous administrations.

The Carrizo Plain National Monument, carpeted with wildflowers in spring 2017, is one of six national monuments in California that are under review by the Trump administration. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

In an 11-page letter to the Interior Department, state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra vowed “to take any and all legal action necessary” to preserve six California monuments, including one in Los Angeles’ backyard, that the Trump Administration may attempt to revoke or shrink.

In April, Trump signed an executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review all national monuments that were created since 1996 and are larger than 100,000 acres, or were expanded “without adequate public outreach.”

Six California monuments created by Presidents Obama and Clinton are on the review list:

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