California representative takes flak for calling for reduction in Mojave Trails NMon, which is in his district

A Republican congressman from California is facing criticism from local environmental groups after sending a letter to the Secretary of the Interior in support of reducing two local national monuments.

Rep. Paul Cook was one of 16 Republican representatives to sign a June 30 letter asking Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to reduce or rescind 23 national monuments across the American West. Cook is specifically under fire for the letters’ recommendation for reducing the size of the Mojave Trails National Monument, which falls squarely within his district. The Mojave Trails National Monument was designated by President Barack Obama in February of 2016, and was one of 27 monuments put under review by President Trump in April of this year.

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