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Rep. Young Joins Fellow Western Caucus Members, Sends Letter To Salazar; Requests Complete Monument Documents


Washington, D.C. - Alaskan Congressman Don Young has joined with fellow Western Caucus Members in sending a letter to Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar requesting all relative information pertaining to an internal DOI document that revealed the Administration is considering designating as many as 14 new national monuments that cover 13 million acres of land in 11 different Western states.

Highlights from the letter:

"We request the following information no later than March 25, 2010."

1.  All pages of the "Internal Draft" document of which we obtained only pages numbered 15 to 21. 

2.  With regard to the "brainstorming," a copy of any documents distributed at or in preparation for the meetings, a list of all participants or invitees, any notes taken at the meeting (s), and any memoranda, work product or follow up documents from the meeting(s).  All records, electronic or otherwise, of meetings or discussions with private groups, individuals or other persons or entities that are not employees of the Department of the Interior where potential National Monument designations were discussed.  All notes, agendas, memoranda or documents from those meetings.

3.  All documents related to the Secretary's initiative to compile a list of potential National Monument designations since July 1, 2009, including, but not limited to, maps.

4.  Any communication with any person or entity outside of the Department of the Interior related to the Secretary's initiative since July 1, 2009.

To view the letter go to www.donyoung.house.gov/UploadedFiles/salazar.pdf

To view the DOI document go to www.donyoung.house.gov/UploadedFiles/states_for_designation.pdf

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