This week, Interior Secretary Zinke proposed that the U.S. government change its management policy for 4 national monuments and six other protected land and marine areas. The natural follow-up question to this proposal is, "Who gives a flying flit, or why should we care?"
Let's take a look at the marine areas. While many of us assume that these marine areas are simply "paper parks" without much impact on marine conservation, recent research suggests that these protection designations help to support marine biodiversity. This biodiversity has real impacts, both environmentally and economically. Check out this summary from Science Friday: