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Eye of the Needle in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (photo by Eric Heidle)

Eye of the Needle in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (photo by Eric Heidle)

There are still 25 other national monuments across the country under review, and if the federal government shrinks or eliminates any one of them, it could set a precedent that puts all 157 national monuments in jeopardy, including the three we have in Montana – the Breaks, Pompeys Pillar, and Little Bighorn Battlefield.

Hoodoos in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (photo by Curt Shugart)

Hoodoos in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (photo by Curt Shugart)

Thousands of years ago people traveled to the Missouri River Breaks to camp and hunt along the river, to share stories with family and friends, and to establish traditions and find inspiration in an unparalleled landscape.

In the Beartooths above Mystic and Island Lakes (photo by Dexter Hale)

In the Beartooths above Mystic and Island Lakes (photo by Dexter Hale)

Make no mistake, this budget places the 100-plus-year legacy of the Forest Service on the chopping block while the agency’s own hands are tied behind its back.

Along the White Cliffs section of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (photo by Roland Taylor)

Along the White Cliffs section of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (photo by Roland Taylor)

Today, 77% Montanans support our designated national monuments. Nevertheless, President Trump ordered Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review national monuments larger than 100,000 acres that were designated after 1996. 

Looking across the Seeley-Swan Valley during fire season (photo by Laura Verhaeghe)

Looking across the Seeley-Swan Valley during fire season (photo by Laura Verhaeghe)

Outdoor recreationists of all stripes have reason to be outraged by President Trump's proposed budget.