A year before effectively eliminating Bears Ears and vast portions of Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, then President-elect Trump claimed his administration would honor the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt and “conserve and protect our beautiful natural resources for the next generation including protecting lands.”
Some members of Congress have joined in, proposing legislation to support these attacks on public lands.
The following statement is from Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society:
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has recommended significantly altering national monuments including Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon and Gold Butte in Nevada.
Conservation groups file lawsuit after President Trump illegally axed dinosaur treasure Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
The program appears to be an effort to preempt the need for a strong methane rule from the federal government, including the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management.
Trump paves way for mining/drilling, effectively eliminates Bears Ears and deeply cuts Grand Staircase-Escalante
President Trump has announced his decision to effectively eliminate Bears Ears and vast portions of Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, presumably with an eye toward opening large swaths of land to new uranium and coal mining and other development.
The Trump Administration announced it will abolish protections for more than 2 million acres of designated national monument lands in Southern Utah.
The tax bill passed by the Senate opens the door to oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after nearly 40 years of bipartisan support for protecting one of America’s last pristine, untouched landscapes.