WVP Marks Anniversary of Illegal Utah Monument Reductions

Today, on the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration’s illegal and unprecedented reduction of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah, ushered in at the behest of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Western Values Project Executive Director Chris Saeger issued the following statement:

“One year since the greatest attack on public land protections in recent U.S. history, Zinke and the Trump administration have only continued to sell out our public lands to their special interest cronies. When Zinke’s mounting ethical missteps and management failures finally force him to resign or be fired as Interior Secretary, the dark chapter of his scandal-plagued tenure will be over, but his legacy of destroying the public lands he was entrusted to protect will remain.”

On December 4, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order based on Zinke’s recommendation that drastically reduced the size of two Utah national monuments — the largest elimination of public land protections in American history. The Antiquities Act does not authorize the reduction of designated national monuments through the executive branch. Only through an Act of Congress can monuments be reduced in size, which President Trump and Zinke failed to obtain.

Updates since the catastrophic reduction:

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