During his final days in office, President Barack Obama expanded the monument through the Antiquities Act. But in April, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Department of Interior to review some two decades’ worth of presidential monument designations.
In a court filing last week, the U.S. Department of Justice argued that the Interior Department should be allowed to first complete its review. The agency argued the monument “designation could ultimately be changed in ways that would affect this litigation.”
U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke agreed and ordered a joint statement from the timber companies and administration in late September.