President Trump shrinks national monuments

Trump to visit Utah expected to announce monument decision

Bears Ears was established by President Obama in 2016, while Grand Staircase-Escalante was established in 1996 by President Clinton. "To see that happen a week ago, with disparaging remarks, and now this".

- Outdoor gear company Patagonia says it will take legal action over President Trump's move to dramatically shrink two national monuments in Utah.

The Colorado River winds around the northern reaches of the proposed Bear Ears National Monument, with Canyonlands National Park in the background, viewed from Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah on November 12, 2016. But it's not clear whether this is something that Trump can even do: The courts have never ruled on whether the president actually has the power to shrink a national monument. Almost two dozen other National monuments are being reviewed for rollbacks.

The reductions Zinke announced on Tuesday are smaller than those Trump approved on Monday.

Among the fossil finds from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, paleontologists have identified dinosaurs not previously known to have inhabited this region, as well as several new species. Approximately 861,974 acres is being excluded from the redrawn boundaries of the monument, which will also be broken up into three separate areas.

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A smaller group gathered in support, including some who said they favor potential drilling or mining there that could create jobs.

Zinke accompanied Trump aboard Air Force One, as did Utah's Republican U.S. Sens.

Trump will also ask Congress to look at the areas that are being removed from the current monuments to consider designating some as a national conservation or national recreation areas, and create a co-management structure for tribes, an administration official said. And when it comes to decisions about the future of public lands, Americans deserve an open and above-board approach - not the sham process the Trump administration has used to try to justify loosening protections.

Hatch, who introduced Trump, said that when "you talk, this president listens" and that Trump promised to help him with "federal overreach". No president has ever revoked and replaced a national monument before because it is not legal to do so. "The proclamation signed by President Trump today is so extreme that it revokes and replaces Bears Ears and thereby violates the Antiquities Act and seizes authority that the Constitution vests exclusively in Congress". The law gives presidents broad authority to declare federal lands as monuments and restrict their use.

"It's not surprising that the Trump administration moved to sell out our national monuments".

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