Great Falls Tribune: Salazar: No Montana grasslands monument planned

No plans are in place to create a national monument in Montana, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana during a Senate hearing Tuesday.

Salazar also confirmed that there are no plans for the government to pursue land purchases along the Missouri River Breaks.

Tester questioned Salazar during a Senate hearing, asking about a recently leaked Interior Department memo which listed possible ideas for monument designations.

Tester directly questioned whether the Administration has any plans to designate a grasslands national monument in northeastern Montana.

“There are no plans that we have to move forward,” Salazar responded, adding that there have been “no directions from the White House that we move forward on monument designation.”

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