Retailers and brands joined the Outdoor Industry Association in slamming President Donald Trump’s move on Wednesday to review national monument designations under Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Outdoor retailer REI said in a statement that it’s working with leaders of both parties to preserve the designations, noting OIA research released this month showing that outdoor recreation supports 7.6M sustainable American jobs, nearly $900 billion in consumer spending and $125 billion in tax revenue. Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario on Wednesday took a less conciliatory tone, saying the White House had no such authority and threatening legal action.
The retailers were roiled by Trump’s executive order instructing the U.S. Department of the Interior to review all Presidential designations made since 1996 that affect more than 100,000 acres, which suggested that some of the designations may have been made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders.
Trump’s national monument review order this week — presumably one of the accomplishments the president hopes to point to as an achievement of his first 100 days — affects 30 national monuments designated from Jan. 1, 1996 through the end of 2016, beginning with the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument designated in 1996 and ending with Bears Ears National Monument designated in late 2016. In it, Trump asks for an interim report within 45 days and a final report within 120 days.
Patagonia’s shot across the bow this week, particularly its vow to take the…