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Interior head suggests reducing Bears Ears National Monument

Interior head suggests reducing Bears Ears National Monument

"Bears Ears was deserving of national monument designation, just as the Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty and Muir Woods were, and remains so today".

It remains unclear how soon Congress might act to pass legislation to give the tribes authority to co-manage the area and whether such a bill would be paired with one changing the site's management plan.

"As a result of the review ..."

"Zinke's recommendation is a slap in the face to the tribes that sought protection for Bears Ears and any American who values our incredible public lands", said Randi Spivak, public lands program director with the Center for Biological Diversity. Zinke recommended that the new national monument in Utah be reduced in size and said Congress should step in to designate how selected areas of the 1.3 million-acre site are managed.

The Bears Ears designation was supported by environmentalists and the leaders of many native tribes in the region, including the Navajo Nation, but was opposed by Utah's governor, the state's congressional delegation and some local residents. "However, having conducted the review ..."

"I'm actually optimistic that at the end of the day we'll make a recommendation that I think will be best for our country and best for preservation", Zinke told him.

In what amounts to a compromise, Zinke removed the possibility of totally rescinding the national monument, which was created by President Barack Obama via an Antiquities Act proclamation in December 2016.

The report and review of Bears Ears National Monument are the result of an Executive Order signed by Trump in April aimed at revoking or shrinking 27 national monuments.

Rose Marcario, President and CEO of Patagonia, blasted the decision and proclaimed that the clothing/conservation company would not sit idly by and watch as the Bears Ears National-Monument status was threatened.

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The review calls for the boundary of the national monument to be modified to comply with the intent of the Antiquities Act, which mentions "the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected".

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has released the following statement in regards to the release of an interim report from the United States Department of the Interior pursuant to U.S.

"I have enormous respect for tribes", he said.

Associated Press writes Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City contributed to this story. "Any move to do so is nothing short of a betrayal to the American people and the land and history we've spent generations safeguarding". We are focused on a way of life.

Supporters of either rescinding the Bears Ears designation or scaling it back hailed Zinke's report, saying it will help restore sound decision making on land-use issues in the area.

Trump complained that national monuments were a "federal overreach", but current rules overwhelmingly favor mining, drilling, fracking and livestock grazing. "I'm prepared to support whatever recommendation Secretary Zinke offers to the President at the conclusion of a thoughtful and inclusive review process".

The executive order caused consternation in the conservation and environmental advocacy communities, while many constituents who view the federal government's land management practices in the American West as overly restrictive hailed the new policy.

"The review shows that rather than designating an area encompassing nearly 1.5 million acres as a national monument, it would have been more appropriate to identify and separate the areas that have significant objects to be protected" the secretary's report reads.

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