Sunday, 10 December, 2017

Locals Protest The Shrinking Of The National Monuments

Bears Ears Bob Thomason Getty Images
Melissa Porter | 03 December, 2017, 19:47

Thousands gathered in front of Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Saturday to decry the government's plan to shrink two state national monuments.

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.

Trump had asked Zinke to reassess the status of more than two dozen monuments established since 1996.

Trump has reportedly told U.S. Sen.

The proposed changes would be the most significant reductions by any president to monument designations made under the 1906 Antiquities Act, which gives the president wide authority to protect federal sites considered historic or geographically or culturally significant.

Trump will travel to Utah on Monday to help sell the idea of cutting the size of Bears Ears and Grande Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and other Utah officials that he will follow the recommendations of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke regarding the monuments.

With interest in protecting the wilderness lands sparked to bonfire level, and the news that Trump will be in Salt Lake City Monday to make his final announcement, the stage was set for Saturday's rally. One of the most contentious has been the 1.35 million-acres Bears Ears, which President Obama established. 'He wants to turn public lands over to corporations to mine, frack, bulldoze and clear-cut until there's nothing left, ' she said.