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This is the first ever formal public comment period for members of the public to officially weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Executive Order 13792 directs the Secretary of the Interior to review certain National Monuments designated or expanded under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The list of monuments being reviewed can be found in the Federal Register text (use link below). Among other provisions, Section 1 of the Executive Order states that designations should reflect the Act’s “requirements and original objectives” and “appropriately balance the protection of landmarks, structures, and objects against the appropriate use of Federal lands and the effects on surrounding lands and communities.”  One consideration of the Department of the Interior is whether designated lands are appropriately classified under the Act as “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, [or] other objects of historic or scientific interest”."