President Trump Modifies Grand Staircase and Bears Ears National Monuments

Bears Ears National Monument in Utah

President Trump signed two executive orders on Monday which are significantly shrinking the size of two Utah National Monuments – Bears Ears & the Grand Staircase-Escalante. The executive orders followed a review in April which was conducted by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who looked into the boundaries of more than two dozen national monuments.

The executive orders will reduce Bears Ears to 201,876 acres. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which was designated a national monument in 1996, will be reduced from 1.9 million acres to 1,003,863 acres in size.

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