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Trump slashes Bears Ears, Grand Staircase–Escalante NMon by 2M acres, outraging conservationists

SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump sharply reduced the size of two national monuments in Utah on Monday by some two million acres, the largest rollback of federal land protection in the nation’s history.


The administration shrank Bears Ears National Monument, a sprawling region of red rock canyons, by 85 percent, and cut another monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante, to about half its current size. The move, a reversal of protections put in place by Democratic predecessors, comes as the administration pushes for fewer restrictions and more development on public lands.


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/trump-bears-ears.html?_r=0

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