/ Modified dec 4, 2017 1:15 p.m.

Trump To Shrink Utah Monuments By Two-Thirds

Leaked documents show plans to reduce Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante.

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Newly leaked documents show President Donald Trump plans to shrink two large Utah monuments by nearly two-thirds. The president plans to visit Utah on Dec. 4 to make the announcement.

The plan would shrink Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and reduce Grand Staircase-Escalante by almost half, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. That would cut the total amount of red rock country protected under monument status from 3.2 million acres to 1.2 million acres.

“Trump has no clue how much people love these sacred and irreplaceable landscapes but he’s about to find out,” said Randi Spivak, public lands program director for the Center for Biological Diversity. “He’s shown nothing but blatant disregard for public lands, Native Americans and the law. We look forward to seeing him in court.”

Spivak said the move is politically motivated by the Utah delegation.

Republican Congressman Rob Bishop from Utah wants more local control of the land, saying there needs to be room for economic development.

Bears Ears contains tens of thousands of artifacts and is considered sacred by several tribes in the Southwest.

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This story is from the Fronteras Desk, a collaboration of Southwestern public radio stations, including NPR 89.1. Read more from the Fronteras Desk.
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