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Protestors in Utah rally against Trump's efforts to reduce national monuments

Protestors rallied in Salt Lake City on Saturday, December 2, 2017 to stop President Donald Trump's plan to cut national monuments in Utah. (Credit: KUTV) 

(KUTV) — Protestors rallied in Salt Lake City at the state capital to stop President Donald Trump's plan to cut national monuments in Utah.

According to reports, thousands attended the demonstration to denounce Trump's decision.

This week, the Associated Press reported on leaked documents that show Trump's plan to cut federally protected land in Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

The Wilderness Society and the Native American Rights Fund - responded with statements of outrage and released maps of the proposed land shrinkage.

“There will be outrage if the President moves forward with the plans outlined in these maps...," stated Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society in a press release. "It is no surprise that the Trump Administration is bowing to special interests, including the oil and mining companies, and these maps show how extreme his plans are for some of the most treasured and culturally significant lands in our nation. "

Trump is expected to officially announce the proclamation at the Utah Capitol on Monday to cut Bears Ears National Monument by nearly 85 percent and reduce Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by almost half. The plan would cut the total amount of land in the state' protected under monument status from more than 3.2 million acres (5,000 square miles) to about 1.2 million acres (1,875 square miles), according to the Associated Press.


Grand Staircase-Escalante was created by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and stakes claim to 1.9 million acres of protected land. Bears Ears National Monument was created by President Barack Obama in December 2016 and comprises 1.35 million acres.

"The establishment of the Bears Ears National Monument was a historic advancement for all five Native Nations (Navajo, Hopi, Ute, Ute Mountain, Zuni) who advocated for the monument," stated Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation in a prepared statement. "At the very least, President Trump should have consulted with the original local governments of the Bears Ears region: our five Indian Nations. Instead, our many requests for consultation were ignored."

Senator Orrin Hatch took to Twitter today in support of Trump's restoration of protected land back to the Beehive State saying, "I believe the outcome he is planning to announce strikes an excellent balance where everyone wins."

Bears Ears National Monument - Boundary Modification_0 by Jennifer Weaver on Scribd

“There will be outrage if the President moves forward with the plans outlined in these maps...," stated Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society in a press release. "It is no surprise that the Trump Administration is bowing to special interests, including the oil and mining companies, and these maps show how extreme his plans are for some of the most treasured and culturally significant lands in our nation. "


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