Zinke recommends national monument status for Badger-Two Medicine

BROWNING — The Badger-Two Medicine area could soon receive the protection of being a National Monument.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke yesterday recommended that a roughly 130,000 acre portion of the region become a national monument, but no timetable for its approval as a monument was given.

Zinke said on a call with the media he believes there’s an opportunity for tourism in the area as Glacier National Park continues to break visitation records next door.

A spokesman for the Montana Wilderness Association said in a statement that they appreciated the recommendation but called Zinke’s decision to shrink two Utah monuments by millions of acres earlier this week “reprehensible”.