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    Default Trump shrinks Utah monuments created by Obama, Clinton

    Another reason I voted for Trump

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017...a-clinton.html

    Capping months of speculation, President Trump on Monday signed a pair of executive orders to significantly shrink two of Utah’s national monuments – Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante – that were created by his Democratic predecessors.

    The controversial move was pitched by Trump as a win for states' rights and follows an April review conducted by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on the boundaries of large national monuments. The review initially looked at more than two dozen sites designated by presidential decree since the 1990s.
    “I know you love this land the best and you know how to protect it and you know how to conserve this land for many, many generations to come,” Trump told a group of people at Utah’s Capitol in Salt Lake City. “They don’t know your land. They don’t care for your land like you do.”




    Trump’s presidential proclamations cut Bears Ears by 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante in half. The action is also likely to trigger a legal battle that could alter the government’s approach to conservation.

    Utah’s congressional and state leaders lobbied the president to reduce the size of the monuments so the state would have more control on what can be done on the land.

    Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah praised the announcement and said Trump was giving the people of Utah “a voice in the process.”



    Zinke maintained Monday that the move should be seen as correcting an overreach by the federal government.

    “We’re not taking one square inch of federal land and transferring it or selling it. It is still federal land, with all the protections of federal land,” Zinke said, adding that the biggest change is that the government is “allowing greater use on the areas that were previously in the monument.”

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    I am really hoping he does the same with the Desert Peaks national monument in Doña Ana county which went into effect via one of Obama's executive orders. They sold it to the people as protection for the Organ Mountains, but it covers the majority of the BLM land in the county. I wouldn't mind if the Trackways monument got removed as well being the farce that it is.

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