America’s largest national monument is under threat; Aulani Wilhelm; Conservation International Blog

USA – Papahānaumokuākea

Editor’s note: U.S. President Donald Trump has issued an unprecedented executive order instructing the Department of the Interior to review all national monuments greater than 100,000 acres created since 1996. After the review, the president could attempt to shrink or delist these national monuments — an action that, while likely to be challenged in court, could have severe consequences for the conservation of the United States’ critical natural areas. Conservation International’s (CI) senior vice president for oceans, ‘Aulani Wilhelm — a Native Hawaiian and the monument’s first superintendent — considers the importance of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, one of the national monuments on the chopping block.

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