Monument trust land may be swapped out
The proclamation creating Bears Ears National Monument directs the Secretary of the Interior to explore, within 30 days, a land exchange with the State of Utah.
The exchange would transfer Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration land within the Bears Ears boundary in exchange for BLManagement land outside of the boundary.
A total of 109,106 acres of state trust land are included within the boundaries of the new monument. The trust lands were set aside at statehood and are designated for use to educate school children.
They could be traded for federal land in areas outside of the monument. Local school officials are calling for the exchange to be for federal land within San Juan County.