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New Call For Information On Controversial Proposal To Change Status Of Some National Monuments

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It’s been weeks since the Secretary of the Interior proposed reducing protections for more than two dozen National Monuments, including one in our region.

Ryan Zinke sent his report to the White House August 24th, but hasn’t released details of the action he is actually proposing.

Some local members of Congress issued a new call for the information to be made public.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara and Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village are among more than two dozen members of the House issuing a new call for details to be released.

One of the National Monuments under review is Carrizo Plain, more than 240,000 acres of land northeast of Santa Maria which is home to some rare species.

The President asked for the review, with an eye towards reopening some of the land so the natural resources can be used.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.