CM – Biden is restoring 3 national monuments cut by Trump

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The Biden administration is restoring three national monuments to their original size and reversing cuts made during the Trump administration. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah is pictured. (Photo by Azuki350, cc-by-sa-3.0, https://bit.ly/3Fotssx)

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is restoring two sprawling national monuments in Utah, undoing a decision by President Donald Trump to open up for mining and development some red rock areas, sacred to Native Americans and home to ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs .

The Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments cover more than 3.2 million acres – almost the size of Connecticut – and were created by Democratic governments under centuries-old law that allows presidents to convert sites protect that are historically, geographically or culturally important.

In a separate action, Biden wants to restore protection in a marine reserve off the coast of New England, which was used for commercial fishing on behalf of Trump.

That White House announced the changes on Thursday evening ahead of a ceremony at the White House on Friday At noon.

Republican Spencer Cox, governor of Utah, expressed his disappointment over Biden’s decision to restore the Utah monuments, which Trump significantly reduced in size in 2017.

The monuments cover vast expanses of southern Utah, where red rocks show petroglyphs and cliff dwellings and distinctive buttes protrude from a grassy valley. Invoking the centuries-old Antiquities Act to cut off 2 million acres from the two monuments, Trump called the restrictions on mining and other energy production a « massive land grab » that « should never have happened. »

His actions cut Bears Ears on land sacred to the Indian tribes by 85% to just over 200,000 acres. Grand Staircase-Escalante has been cut in half, leaving it to about 1 million acres.

The White House said in a statement that Biden « fulfilled an important promise » to restore the monuments to their full size and « To uphold the long-standing principle that America’s national parks, monuments, and other protected areas must be protected forever and for all. » People. « 

Biden’s plan is also restoring the protection of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Cape Cod. Trump made a rule change to allow commercial fishing in an area nearly 5,000 square miles, one action Announced by fishing groups but ridiculed by environmentalists who urged Biden and Home Secretary Deb Haaland to restore protection from fisheries.

Protecting the marine monument protects “this priceless area for the fragile species that call it home « And demonstrates the government’s commitment to science, said Jen Felt, director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s ocean campaign.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., And chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, also praised the Biden- Government issued a statement, saying the monument restoration shows its commitment to « protecting our public ichen land and respect for the voices of indigenous peoples ”.

But the governor of Utah called Biden’s decision a“ tragic missed opportunity ”. The president’s move « does not provide security or funding for law enforcement, research and other safeguards that the monuments need and that only measures by Congress can provide, » Cox said in a statement shared with other leaders.

Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah, also criticized Biden, saying in a tweet that the president had « missed the opportunity to reach consensus » and find a permanent solution for the memorials.

« Once again, Utah’s national monuments are becoming used as political football between governments, ”Romney said on Thursday. « The decision to push the boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante again is a devastating blow to our state, local and tribal leaders and our delegation … » Jennifer Rokala, Executive Director of the Center for Western Priorities, a conservation group, also welcomed Biden’s decision, saying it hoped it was a first step towards his goal of preserving at least 30% of the US land and oceans by 2030.

« Thank you, President Biden, « Rokala said in a statement. » They listened to indigenous tribes and the American people and made sure that these landscapes are protected for generations to come. « Ironically, Trump’s cuts have raised national awareness for Bears Ears Rokala said, calling on the federal government to increase funds to manage the landscape and cope with the growing crowds.

Haaland, the first cabinet Native American Secretary, traveled to Utah to visit the memorials in April and became the newest federal official to meddle in a year-long battle for public land. She presented her recommendations for the monuments in June.

In a statement on Thursday, Haaland said she had « the special honor of speaking to many people who are very interested in this country » during her trip to Utah.

“The historical connection between indigenous peoples and bear ears is undeniable; our Native American ancestors have always fed on the countryside and there is evidence of their rich life everywhere, ”said Haaland, a member of Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico.

President Barack Obama declared Bears Ears a National Monument in 2016, Jan. Years after President Bill Clinton moved to protect the Grand Staircase-Escalante. Bears Ears was the first to receive the designation at the express request of tribes.

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, pushing for its restoration, said the monument’s twin pistons are considered places of worship by many tribes. The group includes the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Zuni Pueblo, and the Ute Indian Tribe.

« President Biden did the right thing in restoring the Bears Ears National Monument done, ”said Shaun Chapoose, coalition member and chairman of the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee, in a statement. « For us, the monument never disappeared these lands to administer and maintain our sacred sites, waters and medicines. »

The Trump administration cuts on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante paved the way for potential coal mines – and oil and gas drilling on previously banned land. Activity was limited due to market forces, however.

Conservative leaders thought the size of both monuments excessive and welcomed the cuts.

Biden’s decision to restore protection was because environmental groups had a stronger lobby than them Fishing advocates, said Bob Vanasse, executive director of Saving Seafood, a domestic fishing industry group.

« Anyone who likes fresh local swordfish, tuna, lobster and crab meat should be very angry with the Harris Biden administration today » , Vanasse said.

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