ON MONDAY, December four, 2017, President Trump introduced that round 2 million acres of federally protected land in Utah will probably be taken out of the Nationwide Monument system. Since 1906, below the Antiquities Act, presidents have had the facility to unilaterally assign land to be protected as nationwide monuments. Sixteen presidents up to now have performed so, creating 129 protected areas; a few of them, together with the Grand Canyon, have been become Nationwide Parks.

In September 1996, President Clinton established Grand Staircase-Escalante Nationwide Monument (over 1.eight million acres). In December 2016, President Obama established Bears Ears Nationwide Monument (over 1.three million acres). If the Trump administration’s orders come to fruition, Bears Ears will probably be lowered to 15% of its present dimension. Grand Staircase-Escalante will probably be slashed in half. It doesn’t seem it’ll cease there, both. There are already suggestions to .