WyoFile: "Antiquities Act and the Wyoming-Sized Legal Loophole"

An opinion piece arguing in favor of creating new national monuments in Wyoming cites RFF research about the economic benefits of national monument designation.

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July 19, 2022

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There’s a real economic benefit to bringing back the Antiquities Act to Wyoming. Chimney Rock in Colorado was declared a national monument in 2012, and it saw a 51% increase in visitation from 2011 to 2016. More national monument visitors means more money spent locally, according to studies by Montana-based Headwaters Economics and D.C.-based Resources for the Future. Both nonprofits found that local economies gained new businesses and jobs after national monuments were established nearby. 

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