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President Trump traveled to Utah this week to reel in the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument.
The first was declared by President Obama during his last days in office. It spanned almost 1.4 million acres. President Trump cut the size by 85 percent. The second, Grand-Staircase Escalante, put in by an act of President Bill Clinton in 1996, was cut to half its current size.
Overall, the rollback of federal land protection by some two million acres is the largest in the nation’s history.
“Some people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington,” President Trump said. “And guess what? They’re wrong.” He went on to extol the importance of state’s rights over lands in their purview.
A review of other national monuments is also under way.
For President Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and future decisions they may make regarding public lands.
About the use of lands that contain antiquities, landmarks or objects from the nation’s historic past.