Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (Bureau of Land Management)
WASHINGTON, DC -
The debate over whether to keep the Upper Missouri Breaks' protected status is over.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has said the monument "will stay a protected National Monument," on Wednesday.
The Breaks' status implementation was controversial back in 2001 because a number of landowners and multi-generational ranchers call the area encompassed in the Breaks home.
They were concerned about grazing rights in the area and the concern of the state trading the lands to the BLM which could endanger the land they use for livestock.
"Hold Our Ground," the longstanding group that supported the Breaks' status, in part with the Montana Wilderness Association praised Zinke's announcement and hope he'll continue to review other monuments and keep their statuses.
According to a 2017 Colorado College poll, 77 percent of Montanans support the Missouri Breaks national monument status.