Trump to slash size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments

Politics      President Trump to shrink two Utah national monuments enacted by Obama Administration
     
     
        By Ryan O'Hara

Politics President Trump to shrink two Utah national monuments enacted by Obama Administration By Ryan O'Hara

Both Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments would be reduced dramatically according to these maps, they say, were leaked by the Trump Administration. He doesn't plan to visit the monuments, and he doesn't plan to stay in Salt Lake City overnight even though he could easily get in nine holes at The Country Club.

The inevitable reduction to Utah's national monuments comes after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was tasked with reviewing recent public land declarations and the 1906 Antiquities Act which grants the president the power to make such designations.

A Hatch staffer said earlier this month that Trump will shrink the 1.9-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by about a half. On Tuesday, representatives of the five Native tribes in the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition announced their intention to sue the Trump administration once Monday's announcement is made. "The White House hasn't contacted me and told me there would be one, but I would like there to be one".

Environmental groups have promised to take the administration to court to block any attempts to rescind or reduce monument designations made by presidential decree over the past 20 years.

Zinke's review covered monuments larger than 100,000 acres designated between 1996, when former President Clinton established Grand Staircase-Escalante, and previous year.

Whitlock said the president is expected to meet with leaders of the Utah-based Mormon church during his visit.

A handful of conservation and public lands advocate groups are gathering to rally at the Utah State Capitol.

White House spokeswoman Kelly Love said in an email Tuesday that she had "no announcements at this time" to make about the president's travel plans to Utah.

"We don't want to have to go down this road every four years, in San Juan County or in the state of Utah", Adams said.

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