RESPONSE to Interior Department’s final plans for shrunken Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante

Feb 6, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2020

DENVER—Today, the Interior Department finalized resource management plans for the reduced Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah by releasing two Records of Decision. A 2016 proclamation made by President Trump attempted to eliminate 2 million acres of public lands from the two national monuments‚ an action still being challenged in court.

In response, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Policy Director Jesse Prentice-Dunn:

“The only certainty today’s announcement creates is of a long drawn-out court fight to stop yet another unprecedented attack on America’s public lands by the Trump administration. With these plans, the administration is racing to allow new development on formerly protected public lands before the courts can overturn its illegal action. 


“When the administration solicited public comments, more than 99 percent of the 2.8 million Americans who responded opposed shrinking or eliminating national monuments. Instead of listening to the public, the Interior Department spent more than $4.6 million to develop these unnecessary plans that will inevitably be invalidated.”

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