House Jumps into National Monuments Fight

Last Monday, the president signed two proclamations to scale back two large national monuments in Utah – the 1.4-million-acre Bear Ears National Monument to 220,000 acres and the 1.9 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to 1 million acres. While the Trump administration maintained that the reduction in land would allow ranchers to be stewards of the land again and drive the rural economy, they faced immediate backlash from environmentalists and American Indian tribes. This Thursday, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing to consider Chris Stewart’s (R-UT) Grand Staircase Escalante Enhancement Act (HR 4558). This bill would turn the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument into a national park, protecting some of the land that Trump formally shrank from the original monument.

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