Editorial: Trump’s plans for Bears Ears, Grand Staircase–Escalante attack Teddy Roosevelt’s legacy
President Trump, ever intent on expunging the legacy of Barack Obama, is on the verge of undermining the priceless conservation vision of Theodore Roosevelt as well. After ordering a review of 27 national monuments last spring, Mr. Trump is reported to have decided to greatly shrink two monuments covering millions of acres in Utah, weakening strict federal protections and reopening vast areas to possible commercial use.
Precise details of the president’s decision are still unclear, as is the identity of other monument designations the administration may challenge. But what’s already clear is that it will result in a major legal counterattack by Native American tribal leaders and environmentalists that, in turn, will test the scope of the president’s authority to abolish or significantly modify monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906.