My Colleagues' National Monument Claims are Disingenuous

July 21, 2017
Editorial

Arizonans of all political stripes know that our state’s economy depends on outdoor tourism.

More than 6 million people visited the Grand Canyon last year, to say nothing of the many other national parks, forests and monuments our state is fortunate to include. Maintaining our federally protected public lands is critical – not just to our economy, but to our environment and our way of life.

Unfortunately, a campaign funded by narrow special interests has gained traction in recent years to eliminate protections for many of our special places, including some of the most beautiful and historically significant sites in the country.

Arizona hasn’t been immune to this effort, and a recent move by my Republican counterparts in Washington has highlighted the serious consequences our state could face if this land grab succeeds.

Read the full op-ed here.