• National Monuments October 8, 2021 2:09 am

    Biden to Restore 3 National Monuments Cut by Trump

    President Joe Biden will restore two sprawling national monuments in Utah that have been at the center of a long-running public lands dispute, and a separate marine conservation area in New England that recently has been used for commercial fishing

  • Bears Ears National Monument February 7, 2020 1:54 am

    Trump Administration Moves Ahead on Shrinking Utah Monuments

    The U.S. government is implementing final management plans for two national monuments in Utah that President Donald Trump downsized

  • Donald Trump August 23, 2019 11:21 am

    Trump Admin. Plans for Utah Monument Guts Protections, Opens Site to Mining

    The U.S. government’s final management plan for lands in and around a Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized doesn’t include many new protections for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches found there, but it does include a few more safeguards than were in a proposal issued last year. The Bureau of Land Management’s plan for the Grand Staircase-Escalante...

  • Donald Trump December 4, 2017 8:45 pm

    Trump Scales Back 2 National Monuments in Utah

    President Donald Trump signed an order scaling back nearly 2 million acres of federally protected land from two national monuments in Utah, Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante.

  • Donald Trump December 5, 2017 1:41 am

    Trump, in Utah, Takes Unprecedented Step to Reduce 2 National Monuments

    President Donald Trump on Monday took the rare step of scaling back two sprawling national monuments in Utah, declaring that “public lands will once again be for public use” in a move cheered by Republican leaders who lobbied him to undo protections they considered overly broad. The decision marks the first time in a half century that a president has...

  • Donald Trump December 2, 2017 11:21 pm

    Thousands Protest Trump's Utah Monument Reduction Plan

    Thousands of protesters fired up by President Donald Trump’s expected announcement to shrink two national monuments in Utah rallied in Salt Lake City on Saturday, just two days ahead of his planned visit. Crowds converged on the steps of the Utah State Capitol to denounce Trump’s decision, many chanting and holding signs with messages such as “Protect Wild Utah.” Native...

  • Donald Trump August 25, 2017 3:52 pm

    5 National Monuments Under Review by Trump Administration

    Here’s a look at five of the national monuments that are being re-examined.

  • Donald Trump June 13, 2017 12:31 pm

    Interior Secretary Suggests Shrinking National Monument in Utah, Leaving Native American Groups Angered

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to downsize the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah was applauded by the state’s top Republican leaders but marked a stinging setback for a coalition of Western tribes that pushed for protection of lands they consider sacred. Zinke, a former Republican congressman from Montana, said Monday he’s committed to make sure Native American culture...

  • Donald Trump May 9, 2017 3:48 pm

    Interior Secretary Questions Using Monument Status to Save Sacred Land

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he values national monuments. But as he tours America’s newest and most hotly contested one, he questions whether the designation by the federal government was the right way to preserve sacred tribal lands. Zinke said Monday at a news conference that Washington sometimes does things “that seem to be heavy-handed or without coordination.” “A...

  • Donald Trump May 8, 2017 9:17 pm

    US Interior Secretary Tours Hotly Contested Utah Monument

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took an aerial tour Monday of one of America’s newest and most hotly contested monuments — one of 27 he’s been ordered to review by President Donald Trump to determine if they were properly established. Zinke’s tour guide for the helicopter ride over the 1.3-million acre (5,300 square kilometers) swath of southern Utah with red...

  • Attorney April 28, 2017 5:43 pm

    Trump Signs Order Aimed at Opening Arctic Drilling

    On the 99th day of his presidency, Donald Trump reversed some of his predecessor’s environmental protections with an executive order that could expand offshore gas and oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. The order directs Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review a plan that dictates what locations are open to offshore drilling.

  • Donald Trump April 26, 2017 9:07 pm

    Trump: National Monuments a ‘Massive Federal Land Grab'

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of dozens of national monuments on federal lands, calling the protection efforts “a massive federal land grab” by previous administrations. It was yet another executive action from a president trying to rack up accomplishments before his first 100 days in office, with Saturday marking...

  • Donald Trump April 13, 2017 9:39 pm

    Democrats Pressure Trump to Keep National Monuments

    Western Democrats are pressuring President Donald Trump not to rescind land protections put in place by President Barack Obama, including Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument. Obama infuriated Utah Republicans when he created the monument in late December on 1.3 million acres of land that is sacred to Native Americans and home to tens of thousands of archaeological sites, including ancient...

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