BOOM! Trump Is Shrinking Two Utah National Monuments By Millions Of Acres
President Donald Trump plans to scrap roughly 85 percent of Bears Ears and half of Grand Staircase Escalante after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reviewed the national monuments’ designations, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
The cut would be the most drastic reduction made by a president to national monuments in the history of the 1906 Antiquities Act, which gave the U.S. chief executive the power to designate national monuments. The numbers have not been finalized, however, and may change before Trump announces the plan in Utah next week.
In an April Executive Order, Trump directed Zinke to conduct a review of national monument over 100,000 acres designated since 1996. During the signing ceremony, Trump pledged to correct the “egregious abuse of federal power.”