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USBLM set to begin planning for cut-down Utah NMons

Oftentimes it can be the little things, such as an inscription more than a century old chiseled into a boulder, or a yucca leaf, perhaps 1,000 years old, that had been chewed on one end to create a delicate brush for a shaman to paint images on cliff walls. And then, too, it can be large things, such as the nearly complete fossil of a tyrannosaur.

Those are some of the objects found on lands within Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in southern Utah that President Trump is intent on dismantling. Although there are pending lawsuits that challenge the legitimacy of the president's proclamations made last month on the steps of Utah's Capitol, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is moving forward to develop management plans that could allow mining within the original boundaries of the monuments.


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