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Trump expected to scale back national monuments during Utah visit

Trump expected to scale back national monuments during Utah visit

Trump has said former presidents abused the Antiquities Act by putting unnecessarily big chunks of territory off limits to drilling, mining, grazing, road traffic and other activities - a headwind to his plan to ramp up US energy output.

Before making the announcement at the Utah State Capital Monday afternoon, Trump is scheduled to meet with Mormon leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and tour Welfare Square, the Mormon social services complex.

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He added that he would take Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation and "sign two presidential proclamations" that will "modify the national monuments designation of both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante". He said it is "so important for states' rights and so important for the people of Utah". A protest is being organised by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and on Saturday, thousands of demonstrators holding signs with messages like "Protect Wild Utah" converged on the steps of the Utah State Capitol. A smaller group gathered in support of Trump's decision, including some who said they favor potential drilling or mining there that could create jobs.

Trump's move to drastically reduce Bears Ears, covering lands considered sacred to tribes that pushed for protections for years, marks the latest affront by the president to Native Americans.

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He also called for a 50 percent cut to the state's 1.9 million acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument created by President Bill Clinton in 1996, splitting it into three areas.

Trump's announcement follows a months-long review by the Interior Department that he ordered in April to identify which of 27 monuments designated by past presidents should be rescinded or resized to provide states and local communities more control over how the land is used. And it could be the first of many changes to come. Some held signs that said, "Keep your tiny hands off our public lands", and they chanted, "Lock him up!"

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Zinke has also recommended that Nevada's Gold Butte and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou monuments be reduced in size, though details remain unclear. The former Montana congressman's plan would allow logging at a newly designated monument in ME and more grazing, hunting and fishing at two sites in New Mexico.

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