Editorial: NMons a burden on local economies

In December, President Obama designated two parcels of property spanning a total of 1.65 million acres in Utah and Nevada as national monuments. In doing so, he underscored his legacy as the president with the biggest penchant for the Antiquities Act of 1906.

How so? According to published statistics from the U.S. Department of Interior, Obama in his eight years of leadership declared almost 555 million acres as national monument property. The second-place finisher in this race for such land set-asides, President George W. Bush, designated less than half of that: 214 million acres. Jimmy Carter? The liberal from Georgia only declared 54 million.

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