Environmentalists Launch $100K Ad Campaign Against Trump’s Plans For Federal Lands

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An environmental group has launched a $100,000 ad campaign to leave national monument boundaries unchanged as Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s final report to the president is due in a matter of days, Politico reports.

The League of Conservation Voters invested the six-figure sum into their ongoing “Our Lands, Our Vote” campaign. The operation urges supporters to saturate lawmakers’ social media accounts with pro-monument messages. The conservation group is also producing videos to spread across the web.

The Department of the Interior is expected to publish a final report of Zinke’s recommendations to President Donald Trump Aug. 24. Trump authorized the national monument review in an April 26 Executive Order.

Trump ordered the review of all national monument designations over 100,000 acres made by executive authority under the Antiquities Act. The review’s purpose is to ensure each monument appropriately considered the views and needs of the communities around it, did not unduly burden local industries such as oil drilling or ranching, and does not violate the “original objectives” of the Antiquities Act, Trump’s order states.

The League of Conservation Voters did not respond to a request for comment.

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