Federally Protected Areas Of Two National Monuments Reduced By 80% And 50%

 In Environment   Last Updated: December 16, 2017

On Monday December 4, 2017 President Trump signed two orders to reduce the size of two separate national monuments:

One would reduce the 1.3-million-acre (0.5 million hectare) Bears Ears National Monument, created in 2016 by then-President Barack Obama in southeastern Utah, by more than 80 percent split into two areas. 

The other would cut the state’s 1.9-million-acre (768,900-hectare) Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, designated by President Bill Clinton in 1996, nearly in half. The landscape of canyons, ridges and rock formations would be split into three zones.


SOURCE: Washington Post (See Below Citations)



Valerie Volcovici and Roberta Rampton. "Trump outlines big cuts to Utah monuments, environmentalists sue." Reuters, 04 December 2017. Web. 16 December 2017.
Laris Karklis, Bonnie Berkowitz and Tim Meko. "Areas cut out of Utah monuments are rich in oil, coal, uranium." Washington Post, 07 December 2017. Web. 16 December 2017.
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