04 Dec '17, 8pm

Defying Tribes and Public Opinion, Trump Slashes Utah National Monuments by Two Million Acres

Defying Tribes and Public Opinion, Trump Slashes Utah National Monuments by Two Million Acres

Get Audubon in Your Inbox Let us send you the latest in bird and conservation news. Email address * Leave this field blank After months of rumors, leaked memos, and unverified reports, President Trump today announced his decision to cut some two million acres from a pair of national monuments in Utah, making official what conservation and tribal groups have feared. The decision—which opponents will challenge in the courts—could open the door to oil and gas drilling, coal and uranium mining, logging, and other development, raising concerns about what effect those activities will have on wildlife and sacred tribal sites on these and other public lands. During a brief visit to the Utah Capitol, the president announced he is shrinking Bears Ears National Monument by 83 percent, from the 1.35 million acres set aside by Barack Obama in 2016 to 228,784 acres. Trump also is cuttin...

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