President Trump to Shrink Treasured Public Lands

By Laura Friedland

President Trump will fly to Salt Lake City Utah on Monday, December 4th to eliminate parts of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

This move will be the most significant reduction by any president has made under the 1906 Antiquities Act, which gives the president control to protect federal lands and waters.

Here’s what’s at stake…

Words courtesy of Conservation Alliance. Photos courtesy of Tim Peterson.

Bear Ears
If Trump were to go through with these plans, he will dismantle Bears Ears National Monument into two smaller monuments, cutting the monument 85% in size. Currently, the monument encompasses 1.35 million acres and will be diminished to just 201,000 acres.

Grand Staircase-Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will also be broken into three smaller monuments, reducing the monument to nearly half its original size. The monument consists of a little less than one million acres.

About the Antiquities Act

  • Trump signed an executive order in April instructing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to inspect any national monument larger than 100,000 acres established in the past 21 years.
  • Zinke submitted a report to the White House in late August that proposed decreasing the size of at least four existing national monuments, plus changing the way a half-dozen more are managed, to allow for activities such as logging in forests where it is now off limits and commercial fishing in marine protected areas.

If you live in Utah, Protest Trump with fellow Utahns to stand up for our National Monuments, this Monday by RSVPing here.

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