Locals Protest The Shrinking Of The National Monuments

Locals Protest The Shrinking Of The National Monuments

Thousands of Utahns gathered outside Utah's State Capitol building Saturday afternoon to protest what they are calling "Trump's Monumental Mistake".

The Trump administration devises to disintegrate and fiercely minimize the expanse of two national monuments in Utah possibly transferring a victory to rural conservatives while also sponsoring a profusion of judicial provocations by the crusaders and Native American groups.

In a letter to the president, Stabenow and Bennet write that any effort to remove Forest Service land from either Bears Ears or four California national monuments still under review would be at odds with the agency's own recommendations to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Leaked documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Trump plans to shrink Bears Ears National Monument by nearly 85 percent and reduce Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by almost half. Some of that land would be affected under the draft maps Interior has prepared, though officials have cautioned that the final boundaries could still be changed before Trump issues a proclamation on Monday.

Protesters hold signs during a rally against Trump administration plans to cut the sizes of two national monument areas in the state that are protected from mining and drilling at the state capitol in Salt Lake City Utah
Utah's tenacious efforts to take back federal land stand out

"To see those eroded away after the antiquities act that passed in 1906 by Teddy Roosevelt, who was a republican by the way".

Attorney general for the Navajo Nation, Ethel Branch, said Trump should visit the monuments before making a decision on them.

Grand Staircase-Escalante was created by President Bill Clinton in 1996.

"He will not be able to bask in one day of applause at the Salt Lake City airport" before being sued, she said. 'He wants to turn public lands over to corporations to mine, frack, bulldoze and clear-cut until there's nothing left, ' she said.

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