"I come to Utah to reverse federal overreach and restore this land" to local residents, Trump said in a speech at the Utah state Capitol in Salt Lake City. Approximately 861,974 acres is being excluded from the redrawn boundaries of the monument, which will also be broken up into three separate areas. This proposal is the largest reversal of federally-protected land in us history.
Among the fossil finds from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, paleontologists have identified dinosaurs not previously known to have inhabited this region, as well as several new species.
Drew Caputo is an attorney with Earthjustice, an environmental law firm. "Trump.pdf" target="_blank">a lawsuit in a Washington, D.C. court on behalf of eight different organizations, alleging that in signing the proclamation, Trump "violated the 1906 Antiquities Act by stripping monument protections from this national treasure".
"The argument that somehow President Trump stole land is nefarious, false and a lie", he said.
But the wilderness groups say Trump needs to bone up on the Antiquities Act. We will not let this stand. "With the action I'm taking today, we will not only give back your voice over the use of this land, we will also restore your access and your enjoyment", Trump said in a statement.
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The decision to shrink the national monuments, which were designated by President Obama, is highly controversial and pits conservationists and recreational users of public lands against the oil and mining industries, as well as other commercial interests.
"President Trump's decision, like many of his other decisions, demonstrates that this administration has a reckless disregard for the Constitution and the limits that it places on federal power", said Justin Pidot, counsel to the Native American Rights Fund, during a conference call with reporters.
Valley of the Gods in Bears Ears National Monument, Utah, May 11, 2017.
"Americans have overwhelmingly spoken out against the Trump Administration's unprecedented attempt to shut down our national monuments". No president has ever revoked and replaced a national monument before because it is not legal to do so.