Public Lands

Preliminary maps are still all that are available, but the boundaries of the new monuments are starting to be understood.Indian Creek National MonumentThe new Indian Creek National Monument includes a total of 86,447 acres of land, including nearly 5,000 acres of private ground. There...
As promised, a host of lawsuits have been filed in federal court after the December 4 decision by President Donald Trump to reduce Bears Ears National Monument. No less than three lawsuits were filed regarding Bears Ears and two more were filed regarding the Grand Staircase Escalante...
The December 4 executive order by President Donald Trump to rescind Bears Ears National Monument and create two smaller monuments may trigger significant changes for a Bluff-based nonprofit organization. Friends of Cedar Mesa (FCM) took two actions in the past week, including filing a...
There are significant management changes for more than one million acres of public land in San Juan County after a presidential proclamation by President Donald Trump on December 4. Instead of a 1.35-million acre Bears Ears National Monument, there are now two smaller national monuments...
For the second time in less than a year, a presidential signature has made significant changes to San Juan County. On December 4, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that changed Bears Ears National Monument and created two additional, separate national monuments in San...
Rebecca Benally was a featured speaker at the Utah State Capital Building when President Trump signed the executive order. Her speech follows: When Bears Ears National Monument was designated, it was a disheartening day for my communities and San Juan County citizens. A total of 1.35...
Two rallies took place on Saturday, December 2 that involved San Juan County residents and their response to the news that President Donald Trump was expected to significantly trim the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument. Dueling rallies were held by those both for and against...
President Donald J. Trump“Our precious national treasures must be protected.  And they, from now on, will be protected.  Under my administration, we will advance that protection through a truly representative process, one that listens to the local communities that knows the land the...
The Deseret News is reporting that President Donald Trump will visit Salt Lake City on Monday, December 4 to announce reductions in the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Many details are not yet known as the announcement was made at the San Juan...
A representative from the office of Utah Senator Mike Lee states that no diffinitive plans have been set for President Trump’s visit in early December. Earlier, a member of Lee’s staff said Trump was coming to San Juan County. That may not be the case.

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