Newhouse Statement on Hanford Reach National Monument
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that the protected status of the Hanford Reach National Monument is no longer under federal review, and that no alterations will be made to the monument’s boundaries . The monuments were under review in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s April 26, 2017, executive order.
“I am pleased that Secretary Zinke listened to concerns shared by me and Washington representatives that no modifications should be made to the Hanford Reach National Monument,” said Rep. Newhouse. “The Hanford Reach is an irreplaceable natural and cultural treasure in Central Washington, and it should be protected for future generations to enjoy. I worked with my House colleagues to recommend to the Secretary that no action be taken to rescind the Hanford Reach National Monument and that no changes be made to boundaries of the National Monument. However, I will continue to press the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take steps to ensure public access is allowed to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain, including motorized access. There is no reason the public should not be able to visit the summit, and Washingtonians deserve the opportunity to experience this historic national monument. I strongly believe public access to federal lands, in both the West and throughout the country, should not be obstructed, so that all Americans can enjoy our treasured public lands.”
President Clinton established the Hanford Reach National Monument in 2000, which includes the last free-flowing, non-tidal stretch of the Columbia River in the U.S., as well as a biologically diverse landscape and wide spectrum of scientific and historic objects. More than 10,000 years of human history are preserved throughout the monument and Hanford Reach is a treasure that merits the protection and preservation provided by its designation as a national monument.