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4 Arizona National Monuments Under Review

Arizona has a handful of national monuments that the federal government will be reviewing in the coming months.

Last month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing the secretary of the Interior to examine national monuments that cover more than 100,000 acres to determine whether they are in line with the requirements and objectives of the Antiquities Act, among other things.

On Friday, that list was released, and Arizona plays a prominent role.

The state has more monuments under the lens than any other one except for California. The list includes Ironwood Forest, Vermilion Cliffs, the Sonoran Desert and a section of the Grand Canyon, as well as ones in neighboring states like Bears Ears and Gold Butte.

Public comments will be accepted about all the monuments as part of the review process.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.