Trump Shrinks National Monuments in Utah
On Monday, President Trump drastically reduced the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah by more than a combined 2 million acres. These monuments were established in the 1906 Antiquities Act, and the President’s action is considered the largest reduction of land protection in US history. The decision now allows for the land to be potentially used for energy exploration or for motorized vehicle use. Companies like Patagonia and REI, among others, have voiced their concerns against the decision with Patagonia sharing a pop-up stating “The President Stole Your Land” on their website. The President has already announced that there will be major changes made to the sizes of a few more national monuments including one in the Pacific Northwest and one in New England.