Bears Ears National Monument

Bears Ears National Monument,

201,876 acres (81,696 hectares), SE Utah; est. 2016. Named for prominent twin buttes, the national monument as proclaimed by President Obama was more than six times larger (1,351,849 acres/547,074 hectares) and contained an estimated several hundred thousand archaeological sites and many areas sacred to several Native American tribes as well as fragile wildlife habitat, set in a rugged landscape of desert mesas, sandstone canyons, and forested highlands. The severe reduction ordered (2017) by President Trump was supported by those in Utah who had opposed the designation of the extensive monument (and attacked by monument supporters), but the presidential authority to order the reduction was unclear, and the move was challenged in the courts.
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Zinke led the Trump administration's review of national monument protections, which resulted in Trump's decisions to slash the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument's size by about half, and the Bears Ears National Monument by about 85 percent.
After a grueling political and environmental battle, changes to Utah's Bears Ears National Monument caused the outdoor industry to withdraw their business from our state.
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On December 28, 2016, after a long collaborative process between the federal government and the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, Uintah and Ouray, and Ute Mountain Ute tribes, President Obama signed an order establishing the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument, protecting these stunning lands.
Bears Ears National Monument has been in the news of late as the Trump administration sought to dramatically scale back its protected acreage.
Utah officials lobbied for scaling back Obama-designated Bears Ears National Monument, which the Trump administration now plans to reduce by 85 percent.
4 would shrink the 1.5-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah, considered sacred by a number of Native American tribes, by 85 percent, according to plans leaked ahead of the announcement.
Concern over the illegal artifact trade was instrumental in the Obama administrations decision in December 2016 to designate the area targeted by the operation as the Bears Ears National Monument, named for a pair of buttes that resemble the ears of bears.
Last year, President Obama took a similar step and created the nearly 1.4-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah.
Also Monday, another lawsuit filed by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) challenges (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/12/04/presidential-proclamation-modifying-bears-ears-national-monument) the proclamation that takes away about 85 percent of the Bears Ears National Monument, also in Utah.
28 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Friday told that he will reduce the size of state's 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument, informed Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.