04 Dec '17, 1pm

'Theft Of Our Heritage': Thousands Protest Trump's Cuts to Utah's National Monuments

President Donald Trump will visit Utah today to announce dramatic cuts to two national monuments in the state. Trump is expected to speak at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City at 12:30 p.m. According to reports, he will announce the gutting of the 1.3 million acre Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and the slashing of the 1.9 million acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by 50 percent. The move will be the largest elimination of protected areas in U.S. history. National monuments can be designated by presidents under the Antiquities Act, which puts the lands off limits to drilling, mining, logging and ranching. Trump says former presidents abused the act. Bears Ears was designated in 2016 by President Barack Obama. Grand Staircase-Escalante was created by President Bill Clinton in 1996. Trump's plan to shrink the two monuments came after a review b...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/trump-utah-national-monuments-25...

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